Do you believe that God loves you today? No matter how many mistakes you've made in your life, I'm here to tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you. He loves you with an everlasting love. Right now, regardless of the challenges you may be going through, I want to encourage you to see yourself walking under an open heaven, surrounded by His unmerited favor. Expect good things in your future. Believe in His love for you. Believe with all your heart that you are the apple of His eye and the delight of His heart. Believe that you are highly favored, greatly blessed, and deeply loved!
God's love for you is unconditional. It's a love that is so pure, pristine, and marvelous. It has nothing to do with your performance, but everything to do with who you are in God's eyes - His beloved. The emphasis of the old covenant of the law was all about your love for God, whereas the emphasis of the new covenant of grace is all abut God's love for you. The sum total of the law under the old covenant is, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deut. 6:5, see also Matt. 22:37,40).
Let's be honest here. Have you ever met anyone who can love God this way? Of course not. Even David, whom the Bible describes as a man after God's own heart, didn't love God with all his heart, all his soul, all his mind, and all his strength. It's a human impossibility. The law was designed to show us that we are incapable of loving God perfectly.
Knowing that man wouldn't be able to fulfill His commandment to love Him with all his heart, all his soul, all his mind, and all his strength, do you know what God did? He demonstrated how only He could love us with all His heart, all His soul, all His mind, and all His strength when He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from all our sins with his own blood. That is why the new covenant is all about God's love for you and not your love for Him! Under grace, God doesn't want you to focus your thoughts on, "Do I really love God?" That's not the focus of the new covenant. Under grace, God wants you to focus on His love for you. Therefore, the questions you should be asking yourself are:
"Do I know how much God loves me today?"
"Do I really believe that God loves me right now?"
You need to remind yourself of God's love especially when you have just failed. Do you believe that He loves you when you have just made a mistake? This is where the rubber meets the road. After you have failed, that is when what you really believe about God's love for you is tested. Do you really believe that His love for you is truly and indeed unconditional? Or has the unconditional love of God become merely a platitude that is no longer something real to you? I see this happen all the time. I hear people say, "God's love is unconditional!" But the moment they fail, all of a sudden the love they once said was unconditional becomes contingent upon their behavior.
Many believe that God loves them when they do right, but stops loving them the moment they do something wrong. I'm going to shatter that wrong belief into smithereens with the truth of God's Word!
While our love for God can fluctuate, His love for us always remains constant. His love for us is based on who He is and not based on what we do. I love just how confident and emphatic the apostle Paul is when he says, "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:38-39). In the New International Version, it says, "For I am convinced..."
Are you persuaded and convinced the way the apostle Paul is that as a child of God, nothing, not even your sins, failings, and mistakes, can ever separate you from the love of God? Don't go by what you feel, think, or have been taught. God's Word proclaims in no uncertain terms that nothing can separate you from His love. Nothing means nothing! His love for you is not contingent on your immaculate performance. He loves you even in your failings. That's why it is called grace! It is the undeserved, unmerited, and unearned favor of
God. If you can deserve God's grace, then it is no longer grace.
by the book of "The Power of Right Believing", Joseph Prince