God promises to come to our aid as we walk in harmony with him during distress. Love motivates him to make and keep this promise.
If he were indifferent to our plight, he would let us suffer without mitigation, purpose, or resolution.
Afflictions are easier to endure when we understand how much God loves us.
Unconditional And Unfailing
The Bible says a fundamental aspect of God’s essence is unconditional, self-sacrificial love. He chose to love us in this manner long before our birth.
Thus, his love is an expression of his eternal nature, not a reaction to our current behavior. He loves us because of who he is, not because of who we are.
God’s love is unconditional because he is immutable. He never changes.
His nature is impervious to fluctuations in our sinfulness or righteousness. Accordingly, his love is too. Our conduct never modulates its intensity.
Unfailing is the first adjective the Bible uses to describe God’s love for us.
This word means inexhaustible, unchanging, unwavering, ever-present, and utterly dependable. These qualities characterize his nature in general, not just his love.
The Bible quantifies God’s love for us in terms of theology, relationships, nature, and infinity.
God loves us so much that, through the death of Jesus, he paid the penalty for all our sins—past, present, and future—so we could live with him in heaven for eternity.
An imperfect analogy illustrates this facet of God’s love.
A judge sentences a defiant felon to prison. Then the judge 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.
Someday Jesus will judge each of us for our sinfulness. Only reborn believers will benefit from his substitutionary atonement and avoid their proper punishment.
Unbelievers will be required to serve their eternal sentences personally.
We strive to know everything we can about those we genuinely love because we adore them completely.
The Bible says God loves us so deeply that he knows everything about us, even the number of hairs on our head. In today’s vernacular, we would say God loves us so much that he can recite our 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 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 problematic 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 desolate habitat. Therefore, he 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 prosper soulfully in this environment.
Therefore, he gave us the personal traits, earthly resources, Bible truths, and spiritual fruit 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 healthy 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 harder 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 sinfulness to bring us eternal life.