I see a lot of people posting on the web saying “God loves you just the way you are.” But how true is that?
We know God loves us, for He allowed His only Son to die for us. If He loved us just the way we are, why would He even need to have done that? He offered us a way out of sin! He offered us a way to be saved through Christ.
By saying “God loves me just the way I am” you are saying Christ’s sacrifice was in vain. You insult your Maker every single day by your apathy, your greed, your thoughts, your actions, by the things you say, with your ambition and all the other things that the Bible tells us are not of the Spirit. The “way you are” is a corrupt sinful creature that deserves nothing else besides to suffer in Hell for all of eternity, yet He loves you so much that Christ died for your sins.
God loves you so very much, DESPITE the way you are. He looks past all the sins and disobedience. Remember that He loves us so much that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He didn’t wait for us to stop sinning to die for us, He died while we were sinner. He loves you so much that He doesn’t force Himself onto you, and you must be the one who must choose to follow Him. How would you like if someone forced themselves onto you just because they love you but you don’t? That’s not love. He loves you so much that He gives you free will to choose Him. He loves you so much that He lets YOU decide where you want to spend eternity, Heaven or Hell. It’s completely up to you.
You can reach out to Him as you are, because despite the way you are, He loves you all the same. You can turn to Him no matter how broken and lost you might be. Doesn’t matter if you are an Atheist, a Muslim, a homosexual, a Buddhist, a Mormon, a Catholic, an addict, an Adventist, a Jehovah’s Witness, a murderer, a thief, etc, He loves you all the same. He loves you despite you being as lost and broken and any change that needs to happen will happen after you truly accept Him in your heart. You don’t need to be perfect to go to Him. Whatever needs to be changed in your life will happen once He’s in your life, if you are so willing to love Him as He loves you. How can you love God? Scripture tells us how we are to love Him and show Him our love, “this is what love for God is: to keep His commands.”
Despite our horrible sinful behavior, He loves us so much that Christ died for ALL of us. That’s one thing that blows my mind. We go against Him everyday and He knows that. The vast majority of the Earth doesn’t even acknowledge Him and are against Him, yet He loves them all the same. So many people living their sinful lives, yet He loves them. His love is mind-boggling. No human being could ever love as He does. The Bible tells us the kind of things we did to Him and how He endured them because of His incredible love towards us: we mocked Him, insulted Him, spat on His face, flogged Him and finally killed Him on a cross. After all that, how would you feel towards the people that did that to you? Even after all of that, He still loves us. His loves is incomprehensible.
What if you don’t change after you accepted Him? And what if you go back to your old ways? Then you gotta wonder how true your love towards Him really was if you aren’t willing to make sacrifices, even self-sacrifices, to properly follow Him. To truly love Him is to obey Him, as Scripture tells us, so are you sure it wasn’t just a little crush you had on Him rather than true love? Does the Bible tell you how great your life will be once you accept Him, or how tough your life will become? Does the Bible tell you how the much the world will love you, or how much the world will hate you for following Him? Does the Bible tell you that your own family will rejoice for you, or how much they will be against you? But just remember, if you do follow Him and endure all the hardships, you will have eternity in Heaven and eternity beats this short life we get to experience. Go to Him as you are and obey His Word and let Him change you from inside out.
God loves you, not as you are but rather, despite the way you are. You will NEVER be perfect nor will you ever be even close to be sinless, yet that can not let you stop from repenting of your sins and being true to follow His Word. You will never be perfect in this life, for this is a fallen world, yet He loves you and wishes you to follow His Word and spread His Gospel of love with your neighbor. God loves you enough to let you choose how you want to live your life. You can either follow Him or follow your heart’s desires. You can choose to bask on His grace or not. You can choose salvation or damnation. That’s an incredible love to allow such freedom.
I beg of you, don’t break His heart by forcing Him to send you to Hell. Going to Hell isn’t His doing, it’s entirely ours. We can not blame Him if we end up in Hell because He loved us the entire time we were on this Earth and He allowed us to make the choice to be saved or not, rather than to force Heaven down our throats. He allowed Christ to die a horrible death so we can have a way out of sin! All He ever wanted is for us to love Him. And again, how do we show our love? The Bible tells us exactly how we can show our love towards Him, “this is what love for God is: to keep His commands." God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell, as Scripture tells us, “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” So, I beg of you, please repent, accept His love, believe in Christ and obey Him.
Choose to love God as much as He loves you while there is still time.