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God’s Love is for Everyone
Written by: JR Vezain< Back to Articles
God’s love is for everyone! He doesn’t pick certain people to love more than others. He doesn’t pick people who have done better deeds and sinned less to love more. He is just in every situation. He loves every single person, even those who aren’t born yet. God loves us so much that he sent Jesus, his own son, to be sacrificed for our sins. All those years ago, he still chose us. Nothing we do can earn this gift. It is the free gift from God, for all who call on his name. The significance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is often overlooked. The easiness of being forgiven is often looked at as “to good to be true”. But it is true. It is that easy. No gimmicks. Ask for forgiveness and you will receive it. Anyone, anytime, anywhere, it is available because of what Jesus did for us.
“Why then, does it look like God love’s others more than me?” you might ask. Or “God won’t love me because I don’t go to church or read a bible.” While we should fellowship with other Christian believers and we should spend more time in God’s word and prayer, it doesn’t make God love us more or less. Why do they have a fancier house and faster car than me? Why does she get splendid gifts from her husband, and all I get are messes to clean up, laundry to do, and a lazy slob that doesn’t help do the dishes? Why did my dad get terminal cancer, and theirs lived a full life with no health problems? Why did he get that promotion at work and I didn’t? Why does she get that new barrel horse and I don’t? Why did my house burn down? Why did my marriage end in divorce? Why was my car crash fatal, but the drunk driver’s crash ended in mere scrapes and bruises? Why did my horse wreck lead to paralysis but his didn’t? The list can go on and on. The truth is these things happen. Other people’s blessings might make it seem like God loves them more than you. Or worse yet, your struggles and hardships might make it seem like God has abandoned you and doesn’t love you at all. This could not be farther from the truth!
Scriptures tell us “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9. The fact of life is, on this earth we are going to go through some things. Storms are going to come and rattle our lives. We are going to face hardships and struggles. But God’s ears are ready to hear our cry. His arms are open ready to hold us when we run his way. No struggle, hardship, or sin will ever keep God from loving us or holding his forgiveness back from us. If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31)
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39.
Adam and Eve, while in the Garden of Eden, made a choice to disobey God. The result of that choice was death. They were tempted and fell into the sin which lead to death for all humans. All our lives end in death because of the choice they made thousands of years ago. God’s creation of mankind became so corrupt that he sent a flood to wipe out the race and begin again by saving Noah and his family on the ark with the animals. After Noah, as the earth began to fill up with people again, God called Abram later known as Abraham, away from his homeland. God told Abraham to leave his native country and to go to the promised land. So, he began on his way. Humans remained human and still made unrighteous decisions leading them to Egypt where they became slaves. Then, came Moses, a Hebrew boy raised in the Pharaoh’s house by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt. With over a million people following him and God leading them, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt towards the land God promised to his people.
While traveling towards the promised land, the people questioned Moses. They acted against God and did what was right in their own sight. God gave Moses precise instructions on the rules to give to the people. God used Moses to give the standard to live by. What we know as “The Law” came during that time. It was God’s law, Moses gave to the people, which made them righteous in God’s sight. Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t murder, respect your parents, clear down to what to do if someone is accidentally killed in a work accident. Moses governed the people with God’s own law. God created humans in his own image when he created Adam and Eve and he was happy with his creation. He wants all mankind to be saved and to go to heaven. Our human nature, the nature to do what is wrong instead of right, our sinful nature, is what the “The Law” saved us from. The law was God’s way for us to live by that kept humans righteous and gave them eternity with God. By offering burnt offerings to the Lord, humans were made right for their wrong doings. While Moses led God’s chosen people, they rebelled, they whined, and wanted to go back to Egypt. Even after all that God had done for them, all he had led them through, and all he promised them, they still disobeyed God and did what was wrong.
After Moses, came years and years of leaders, judges, and kings that ruled God’s chosen people. A lot of the leaders wanted to do right by God’s standard. Some of them didn’t care and led the people farther in sin and the worshipping of other gods and idols. For years and years, we failed! For over a thousand years we couldn’t do it. We fell short. We couldn’t live up to the standard that God had laid in front of them. So, instead of giving up on us. Instead of starting over. God sent Jesus. His own son. Born of the virgin Mary. As the perfect example and eternal sacrifice. Once and for all the problem was taken care of. God sent his very own sacrifice, as the eternal blood offering, for our forgiveness. Jesus’ blood covers our sins against God! And it is not by obeying the law that we are saved, but rather believing that Jesus came as our savior. It is not earned. We do not deserve it, yet God did it anyways. John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him, will not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 3:28 “So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.” This doesn’t mean we should go and live destructive sinful lives. But what it does mean is that we can come as we are, broken, sinful, and shamed. No matter what we have done in the past. No matter how big of a sin we have committed. We can come to God in prayer and ask for forgiveness and it will be granted. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 8:23. But, because of Jesus we are forgiven!
So, no matter what struggle you are in. No matter what storm has come your way. No matter what mountain you face. No matter what heartbreak you have. No matter what sin you have committed. No matter what your past looks like. All we must do is have faith and believe Jesus came, died, and rose again. Ask for forgiveness, and we will be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You will be SAVED!!
Saved from heartache, sin, depression, shortcomings, failure, poverty, depression. ALL OF IT! We are saved from it all. Every single one of us has this opportunity. God wants us to accept his gift, his salvation, his grace and mercy. He wants to give it to us for free. All we must do is accept the gift, say it with our mouth, and believe it with our heart and we will receive. So, no matter what obstacle you face. No matter what struggle you are in. No matter how far away from God, you think you are. No matter if you think they are more loved than you. All you have to do, is turn to God, talk to him, tell him what you need, and thank him for all he has done. You are loved and he wants to bless you!
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8