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Deeply Flawed, Yet Deeply Loved

by Duane Mabee on March 23, 2017
“The beautiful message of the Gospel is that though you are deeply flawed, you are even more deeply loved.” Rob Reimer – Soul Care

God proved that He loves us even though we are deeply flawed.  He loves us even when we are deeply flawed.  We have a hard time believing that, but God proved it when “Christ died for the ungodly (us)… God demonstrates His Own love for us in the: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:5-8). 

Here is an incredible truth.  God doesn’t love you any more when you are good, or any less when you aren’t.  His love for you is not diminished because you have acted foolishly or sinfully.  His love for you doesn’t increase when you are accomplishing great things for Him.  He doesn’t love Billy Graham any more than He loves you.  You might want to read that last sentence again, because I’ll bet you are like me and you have a hard time believing it.

To believe that God’s love for you changes based on your performance, is to locate the motivation for God’s love in you.  That makes you the center.  But, the motivation for God’s love is centered in Who God is.  God is love.  Love originates in Him.  It does not fluctuate with our fickleness, (Thank God!).  Of His Own free will, God has chosen to love you.  He promised that He would always love you.  Nothing you can do will change His mind or cause Him to break His promise.  “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 that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Rom. 8:38-39 NIV).

Though you are more deeply flawed than you realize – so am I – God loves you more deeply still.  His love for you will not change when your eyes are opened to see further into the depths of your sinfulness.  He already knew about it.

Knowing the unchanging, unending nature of God’s love for you should have two results.  One, you can rest in His love.  New insights into the depths of your sinfulness won’t rock your faith.  Two, it should cause you to love God more.  “We love Him because He first loved us.”

I encourage you to take some time this week to meditate on God’s love for you.  Take some time to read through passages in the Bible that talk about His love.