Love motivates God to come to our aid during distress. If he did not love us, he would simply let us suffer without mitigation, purpose, or resolution.
Afflictions are easier to endure when we understand how much God loves us.
Unconditional And Unfailing
God’s love for us is an attribute of his nature, an intrinsic function of his character, not a conditional response to our behavior.
The first word the Bible uses to describe God’s love is unfailing, which means inexhaustible, unchanging, unwavering, ever present, and utterly dependable.
God loves us constantly, even when we disappoint him. His love is an ever present good for which we can always be thankful. His love compels him to be fair and compassionate in all his dealings with us.
The Bible quantifies God’s love in terms of theology, relationships, nature, and infinity.
God loves us so much that, through the death of Jesus, he personally paid the penalty for all our sins—past, present and future—so we could live with him for eternity in heaven.
An imperfect analogy is a judge who sentences a defiant felon to prison. The judge then steps down from the bench to personally serve the required jail time, as a voluntary substitute, so the convict can avoid incarceration and live blissfully in the judge’s home.
We strive to know everything we can about those we truly love.
The Bible says God loves us so much that he knows everything about us, even the number of hairs on our head. In today’s vernacular, we might say God loves us so much he can recite our individual DNA codes from memory.
We learn about those we love by watching them in different situations over time.
The Bible says God knew the entirety of our earthly life before we were born, including what we currently consider our past, present and future.
That God chose to love us unconditionally despite his advance knowledge about every bad thing we would ever think, say, or do, means no sin we have committed, are currently committing, or will commit in the future, will diminish his love for us.
Conversely, because God already decided to love us perfectly before we were born, there is nothing we can ever think, say, or do to make him love us more.
Jesus said God cares about us more than he cares about birds, flowers, and grass.
Jesus lived in a semi-arid region where soils are rocky, rain is scarce, and vegetation is sparse—a difficult place for birds, flowers, and grass to flourish.
Today we live in the fallen world where abundance is elusive, but suffering is commonplace—a hard place for us to flourish.
Jesus contended that if God provided for the birds, flowers, and grass to live in their physically harsh environment, he would certainly provide for us, the pinnacle of his creation, to live in our soulfully harsh environment.
God intended birds to thrive in their relatively barren habitat. He therefore gave them the required eyesight, mobility, and instinct to find food and shelter.
We live in a world filled with individual, family, and societal turmoil, but God wants us to soulfully prosper in this environment.
He therefore gave us the personal traits, earthly resources, and Bible truths we need to endure distress.
God created desert flowers to beautify the rocky landscape. He designed them to find moisture and nutrients wherever they take root, so they can bloom and grow.
God wants to beautify the world through us. He provides constant access to his living water and spiritual nutrients, so we can bloom and grow wherever we reside.
God intended grass to stabilize the topsoil, so he designed it to absorb moisture, reduce runoff, and prevent erosion.
When we live righteously, spread the Gospel and do soulful good works, we build strong families and cohesive societies that stabilize the world.
Like other aspects of his character, God’s love is boundless. Its length, breadth, height, depth, duration, density, and intensity are infinite.
Infinity is hard for us to comprehend in the context of time, space, and mathematics. Applying the concept to personal love is even more difficult, because we rarely encounter anyone who is always pleasant toward us in every circumstance, much less loving.
The sun is an imperfect representation of God’s infinite love.
The variable intensity of the heat and light inside the sun is beyond human comprehension, but it radiates across 93 million miles of space to warm and illuminate the earth.
The immutable intensity of God’s infinite love is also beyond our comprehension, but it radiates across the great divide between his holiness and our unrighteousness to bring us eternal life.