Esther 3-5
Acts 5:22-42

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God…” Romans 8:38-39

A popular Bible verse that some of us know by heart is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We know that God loves us, but as we study Scripture, what we learn is that “love” is the very word that God uses to describe Himself.
John tells us, “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His One and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:7-10).
God is love; and it is not just what He shows, it is the essence of who He is. Our God is love, which is why in 2 Timothy 2:13 it says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” This verse tells us that in the midst of our faithlessness, He will always remain faithful because of His faithful love—agape; He cannot deny Himself by showing us anything else. God’s love for us is not dependent on what we do. It is not whimsical or based on a feeling. It is unconditional and everlasting.
Salvation is not something that we can earn but something God did on our behalf “…because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5). This is the love that God has for us, a love that would willingly lay down His life for sinners that are so undeserving.
Something that we may have a hard time wrapping our minds around, especially in our moments of sin and weakness, is that we will never be more or less loved by God than we are right now. In other words, we can never do anything to make God love us more and we never do anything to make God love us any less. Why? Because God’s love is unconditional; it does not have conditions or changes based on what we do or what we say. If we are in Christ, His love for us is constant and never shifts—God is agape and He cannot deny Himself.
Gracious God, thank You for Your unconditional love. How undeserving I am of Your love, but You love me because of who You are. Praise You!

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