“God doesn’t love you any more…”
I’m sorry. I failed to complete that thought.
“God doesn’t love you any more today than He did yesterday, or last week, or last year.”
I hope that this doesn’t disturb you. Rather, it should be overwhelmingly comforting and assuring.
One of the aspects of our humanity is potentiality. We possess a potential for change, the possibility of “becoming” more (or less) than what we are at any given moment.
When I married Kim, I loved her. But 22 years later, I can safely say that I love her much more now than I did in 1988. When my children were born, I immediately loved them. But Hannah and Coleman are far more dear to me now than they were 20 and 17 years ago, respectively. My love for each of them has grown and deepened with time.
I love God far more now than I did when I first accepted His grace through Jesus Christ 38 years ago.
But, God’s love for me hasn’t changed one bit. He loves me now as He always has, as He always will. He loves me infinitely. That will never change. It can’t change. With God there is no potentiality, only actuality; perfect, infinite actuality. God is not “becoming” anything. God is.
The nature of the Triune God is eternal. He is timeless and changeless. All that God is, He has always been. All that God is, He will always be. “From everlasting to everlasting, you are God” (Psalm 90:2). He is the “I Am” (Exodus 3:14), the One “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
God loves us for His Name’s sake, that is, He loves us because of who He is. It is His nature to love. It is His essence, substance, and being. God is love (I John 4: 8,16). He can’t not love us. And that love is not conditioned by time or circumstances. He can be pleased or displeased with us, our actions, and our thoughts, but He will never stop loving us.
Take strength today in the assurance of God’s infinite, unconditional love for you.
Seriously, He can’t love you more than He already does. And He cannot love you less.