We were raised with the belief that hard work pays off, and I guess for the mot part it’s not just a belief, but also a fact. In school the more you study the better grades you receive, at work the harder you work the more likelihood of a promotion you have. Though this belief may seem like a positive one, when we take this mentality and apply it to God it no longer is a fact nor has a positive connotation. You see the kingdom doesn’t work that way. The harder you work for God doesn’t increase His love towards you or even His blessings for you. There are certain qualities about God we cannot afford to forget; one is that God’s love for us is unconditional and two, God us unchangeable. Holding on to these qualities of God will prevent us from falling into the lie that the more we do for God, the more He will love us, or that God loves us less when we sin. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We didn’t do anything to earn God’s love; He just loved us from the start. The fact is if we all had to earn God’s love we would be in trouble. What can we possibly offer the God who spoke the world into existence? Nothing. Hebrews 13:8 say, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This means if He loved us “while we were still sinners,” He will continue to love us through it all. This means that He has loved us with the same great love from the start of the Earth’s formation and any good deeds we have done since hasn’t made Him love us more, nor any bad things we have done made Him love us less. His love for us remains the same and God’s love for us has been at the max from the start. No one can ever love us more or the way God loves us.
In this life we will fail constantly and often get tempted to give up because we don’t feel worthy. But though in this present life we will never reach perfection, God sees us flawless through the blood of Jesus Christ. No matter how little we accomplish or how grand, no matter how often or how big we falter, nothing can separate us from God nor make Him love us less. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35). Because God’s word, which is truth, says nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, we shouldn’t fall into thinking we can earn God’s love or lose God’s love. Remember God’s love is unconditional and unchanging towards us! “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)