Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serous Faith” by Dave Hunt – God Loves Us because He Is Love
Even more reprehensible than forgetfulness and neglect is the teaching of Christian psychology that God loves us because we are lovable and worth it. One leading Christian psychologist suggests that Christians repeat, “I am a lovable person.” Another boasts, “The Son of God considers us of such value that He gave His life for us.” If that were true, it would increase our pride and decrease our appreciation of His love and grace. In fact, the Bible teaches that God loves us because “God is love” and in spite of our unloveliness; and our love for God and our appreciation of His love and forgiveness will be in proportion to the recognition of our sin and unworthiness.
Such was the lesson Christ taught Simon the Pharisee when He was a guest in his house. Jesus told of a creditor who forgave two debtors, one who owed a vast sum and another who owed almost nothing. Then He asked Simon, “Which of the will love him [the creditor] most?”
Said Simon, “I suppose…he, to whom he forgave most.”
“Thou hast rightly judged,” replied Jesus.
Then, rebuking Simon for failing even to give Him water and a towel, and commending the woman who had been washing His feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, Christ declared pointedly, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little” (Luke:7:36-47).
It is both logical and biblical that the more sinful and worthless we realize we are in God’s eyes, the greater our gratitude and love that Christ would die for us. By whatever extent we imagine that we are lovable or worth His sacrifice we lessen our appreciation of His love. The Bible teaches that God loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is. “God is love” (1 John:4:16). If God loved us because something attractive or worthwhile within us elicited that love, then, changeable creatures that we are, we could lose that appeal and with it God’s love. But if He loves us because God is love, then that love can never be lost, for God never changes. Therein lies our security for eternity (Jeremiah:31:3) – and all the glory is His!