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Why Does God Love Me?

Why Does God Love Me?

I was reading recently where an author posed a thought-provoking concept—what if every thought you’ve ever had could be written down in a transcript.  For all of us, that would be an embarrassing document.  Thoughts of violence, lust, pride, greed, and unabashed selfishness have all passed through the corridors of our minds.  Undoubtedly, most of us have had evil thoughts of which even those closest to us are unaware.  And while our every thought may remain hidden from others, they are no secret to God.  David declared in Psalm 139:1-3- “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!… You discern my thoughts from afar… and are acquainted with all my ways.”

As I pondered this idea of God knowing every thought I’ve ever had, of him reading through this transcript of my thoughts, I was completely overwhelmed with the fact that he loves me anyway.  If we think about it, there is a great deal that is unlovable and ugly about us—especially to a perfectly holy God.  I do not deserve God’s love, and yet I read about his love for me time and again in the Scripture.  How can this be?

An illustration has helped me understand God’s love.  In Western Colorado there is a section of US Route 550 from Silverton to Ouray called the Million Dollar Highway. Looking at the road, built in altitude and through mountains, one might think the nickname “Million Dollar Highway” came from its expense to build.  However, the name comes from the fact that waste material from the ore in old gold mines was used as the bed for the highway.  The mining processes at the time the ore was discarded did not allow for all of the gold nuggets and dust to be extracted.  As a result, there is a partial roadbed of gold lying underneath that section of the highway that probably is worth much more than a million dollars.  Here is a picture of the Million Dollar Highway:

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Looking at the road, winding through mountains, it appears to have been expensive to construct.  But what gave the road its name was that which was inside it—what is unseen with the eye.  And so it is with us.  On the outside, there is nothing that would merit God loving me.  My words, actions, and thoughts in a transcript would deem me of little to no value to God.  But God does not love me because of what I have done, or haven’t done, or for what I look like, or my level of education, or where I live, or my family lineage.  He loves me because of what cannot be seen, namely that I am created in the image of God.  God loves me simply because he chooses to love me.  No action on my part warrants his love for me in the first place and no action of mine will cause his love for me to stop.  He loves me because he is love. 1 John 4:16- “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love...”

I cannot allow the fact of God’s unending and unchanging love for me regardless of who I am or what I do to be a license for living however I want.  Rather, such amazing love compels me to live for my heavenly Father with discipline and passion.  And on those days when I make a mistake and grieve the heart of God (which is more often than not), how comforted I am by the fact that God’s love for me never changes and encourages me to continue to walk in faith and his love.