If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13
We have a Catch member who has found out his wife has been unfaithful. Though his heart has been broken and he’s lost nights of sleep, his attitude is one of a loving, forgiving husband that recalls that of Hosea, a prophet in the Old Testament who was called of God to marry a prostitute. He proceeds to love her through her escapades, taking her back again and again and even going out after her to find her and bring her back. In so doing, he is illustrating how God loves Israel who as a nation whores after other gods, and yet God remains faithful to her, taking her back time and time again. This is, indeed, the history of much of the Old Testament.
This is also the history of God’s love for us. It is relentless, unconditional and everlasting. There’s nothing you or I can do about it. We can’t encourage it or discourage it. It is forgetful of our sins and full of mercy. It is a love that in many ways leaves us speechless.
We are the unfaithful wife. We stay out because we don’t think we deserve Him. Well, we don’t, but that doesn’t stop Him. Never has.
I’m recalling the lyrics to a song from the Sound of Music, “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.” We assume that to be loved, we must be worthy of that love in some way. We must have done something right. God’s love is different. It is not based at all in us. It is not something in us that draws love out of Him. It is a love that begins and ends with Himself. It originates with Him. He actually makes us worthy by loving us. And He makes others worthy of our love in the same way, because He loves them too.
When we love as God loves, we love in this way. It is not a love that comes from us. It originates from God and it comes from first being loved by God unconditionally. “We love because He first loved us.” We love by believing and receiving that love and turning it out towards others. If we are incapable of loving, it is because we have not received, nor do not believe that God loves us. It’s a true test of whether or not we know God’s love, if we can love others.
Love is a decision to see people as God sees them. His love makes them worthy of His love, and thus, our love, too.