I’m sure you've heard the expression, “You can’t make God love you any more or any less than He does.” I’ve found great comfort in the fact that we can’t lose God’s love. Yet I have to confess, I’ve struggled the part about not being able to make God love us more. That’s the perfectionist, the striver in me seeking approval. As I sat the other morning, reading my devotionals and Bible, my thoughts took an interesting path.
If we were able to make God love us more, this would imply that we could also make Him love us less. This would also imply that God is selfish and self-centered, giving and taking love according to how well He deemed we’d performed. And if that were the case, Jesus’ death on the cross would mean absolutely nothing.
This may seem obvious to you but to this recovering perfectionist, this is huge. Now I understand that God’s love is so total, so complete. He loves without limitations. He can’t love us more because He already loves us completely. It’s just not possible to increase or decrease his love.
When my youngest daughter was around four, she had a basic understanding that infinity meant unending and limitless and wanted to tell her grandmother that was how much she loved her. She would say to her grandma, “I love you infinity.”
As I reflected back on this, my daughter’s words struck me with new meaning. From the example of a child, I was given a picture of how God loves us—infinitely, without end, and without beginning.
He’s always loved us, and He always will. No more and no less.
Happy 4th of July!
Praying and believing,