God does not try to love you…He can not help but love you! Because that is what He is!
One of the first ever Christian motivational videos I watched on youtube was titled GOD’S LOVE. I did not know what I was expecting when I clicked on the video, however I know definitely wasn’t expecting the wave of emotions that ended up washing over me! Above is a quote from the video which stood out to me and I am holding onto it to this day. I have personally been through many stages of my life where I would look in the mirror and would refuse to believe anyone could love me. I doubted my self worth, my abilities and how lovable I was. I have found that in our day and age, there are far too many people who, like me, have or still do doubt their overall existence. However, when someone experiences God’s Love for the first time, they will never forget the feeling that it gives them.
If you are going through a similar stage in your life, or you have done in the past, I want to make it very clear to you that it’s okay! It doesn’t make you less of a person to struggle; acknowledging that you are thinking this way and confessing it shows that you are strong enough to notice your emotions, which as a whole is an incredible skill. It is so important if you feel like this to pray, reach out to a friend and always remember that no matter who leaves your life, the situations you go through or the amount of times you have failed, God will forever love you the same.
How do we imitate God’s Love?
1 John 4:7-8 [NIV]
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
As Christians we are constantly told that to follow God we must imitate the way that Jesus lived on the earth. One of the reasons why God sent His son down to live among all of the troubles that we face daily, such as temptation, anger and fear, is so that we could have a role model to follow throughout our lives. If we look at the word ‘imitate’ a little further, the definition is: ‘take or follow as a model.’ Therefore when we are being told to imitate Jesus and live like Him, we are expected to be Imitators of Christ (representatives)… which is another common phrase used by the church.
In 1 John 4:7-8, we see that it goes into detail about one of the things we as Christians are expected to do as imitators of Christ, which is to love one another! However, many of us can begin to struggle in this area due to the world and generation that we live in. It can be easy to get caught up in gossip, or arguments when it could be easily avoided, especially with the power of social media. With this in mind it is important that we sometimes take a step back, analyse how we are living, and see how we ourselves are showing love to others.
The three kinds of Love.
In the motivational video that I linked above, the speaker goes into detail about the three kinds of love. As you read through these, I encourage you to try and analyse your own life and which one you applies to the way you personally live.
The IF kind of love. I will love you IF you do something for me, I will love you IF you succeed and I will love you IF you meet my expectations.
The BECAUSE kind of love. I love you BECAUSE you did this for me, I love you BECAUSE you have money, I love you BECAUSE you are intelligent.
The IN SPITE kind of love (God’s Love). I love you IN SPITE of your failures, I love you IN SPITE of your messy past, I love you IN SPITE of all that you have done to me.
God’s love for us will forever be the IN SPITE type of love. The unconditional love that humans can not even begin to comprehend. Yes, we will fail whilst trying to love others because being human we will never be able to fully live like God. However the idea is to adapt your lifestyle to live as Christ like as you can. Your whole life should involve the imitation of Christ. It is a challenge, which I myself have decided to take on.
Are you ready for that journey too?