Have you ever said this to someone else? If you’ve not said it out loud, you probably thought it on more than one occasion. Now, it’s one thing to say this to another person; it is another thing altogether to say this to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, who sought you, bought you, and caught you with the blood of His precious Son.
If you were to say, “If You really loved me, You would . . . ” to God, how would you finish the sentence? The answer we give to that question will go a long way in uncovering what matters most to us in life. The primary problem with a statement like that is the fact that it shouts to Omniscience that we are the ultimate authority of defining what love is. How utterly ridiculous—especially in light of the clear, complete definition of love given in Scripture:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Based on the biblical definition of love, it’s easy to see just how absurd a statement like “If You really loved me” really is when directed to God. As remarkable as the Corinthians passage on love is, the most striking portion is found in the last three words: “love never ends.” Regardless of the circumstances you are experiencing in life right now, GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU NEVER ENDS! Marinate in that truth for just a moment as you consider the Corinthians passage above.
- When you are impatient . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you are unkind . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you are envious and rude . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you are arrogant and boastful . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you insist on getting your own way . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you are irritable and resentful . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you rejoice in wrongdoing rather than in truth . . . God’s love for you never ends
- When you fail to bear, believe, hope, and endure all things . . . God’s love for you never ends!
It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? No matter what you do, no matter what you fail to do, God’s love for you never ends! And remember, all of the attitudes and actions listed above are sins; and yet, in spite of our sin, we are still loved by God. I know these are not the spectacular, fall-from-the-sky, crash-and-burn kind of sins, but they are sins nonetheless. God hates sin with an implacable, holy hatred, but He still loves the sinner so much to have sent His precious Son to the cross to pay for every sin of commission and omission. True love expresses itself in the face of being wronged, hurt, inconvenienced, let down, betrayed . . . and even sinned against.
Because of what Jesus has done for you, the love of God is forever yours. Next time you think of saying to God, “If You really loved me, You would,” remember that He does love you with an eternal and everlasting love, regardless of what your circumstances in life say to you.