Quick Observation on God’s Love

(Note: I am working on a longer response to my previous post, which I hope to have done by tomorrow. Until then I will leave this brief thought.)

Observation of the Day: God does not love us because of who we are. God loves us despite of who we are.

Thoughts?

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6 responses to “Quick Observation on God’s Love

  1. Deep Strength

    Both.

    1. He formed us in our mother’s womb, / Knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139, Jeremiah 1)

    2. He sent his son into the world that whoever would believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him. (John 3)

    That is the multi-faceted face of God. The alpha and the omega. The beginning and the end.

  2. Sis

    That is the perfect place to start.

  3. One thought: “despite” is not a reason. Why does God love us? Can we, should we, attempt to imitate that?

    My current theory is that God loves us the same way that James Bond loves England:

    “…Bond doesn’t really have any illusions about British power and influence. He’s just fighting for his country. Not because he thinks it’s the greatest country in the world, or because he thinks it has a mission to civilize the rest of the planet. The loss of the Empire really makes no difference to him, because he doesn’t need a reason to love England and the English. He simply loves what is his own.”

    I think God loves us because we’re his, dammit.

  4. God loves humanity – period. Warts and all.

  5. Seriously nailed it:

    “I think God loves us because we’re his, dammit.”

    Despite what we do, not despite who we are. We don’t even really know who we are. “Now we see through a glass darkly…”

  6. Thanks for the comments everyone. I agree with Cane, Seriously was correct that God loves us because we are his. His flock.

    2 What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.

    (Matthew 18:12-13)

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