Can You Make God Stop Loving You?
By Rick Warren
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
The Bible says in Ephesians 1 that, before he laid down the earth’s foundations, God chose you. But he didn’t just choose you. He set his love on you. He made the world because he loves you and wanted a place for his family.
You’re not only chosen. You’re loved.
Before the earth was created, God settled on you as the focus of his love. You may rarely be focused on God. But God is focused on you all the time. In fact, God can focus on everybody at the same time. Why? Because he's God.
At every moment of your life, God is focused on you. He sees every high, every low, every good moment, every bad moment, every mountain, every valley, every joy, and every tear. God made you to love you, and he will never stop loving you.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39 NIV).
You can’t be separated from God's love for two reasons: It's eternal, and it's unconditional. God never says, "I love you if . . . " He doesn't say, "I love you because . . . " God says, "I love you . . . period.” God gives you an eternal, unconditional love because God is love.
God's love for you is based not on what you do but on who he is. It's not based on your performance. It's based on his character. You can spend your whole life trying to make God stop loving you, but you will fail.
There is nothing you can do to make God love you less. And there’s nothing you can do to make God love you more. He loved you enough to create you and set his focus on you. He loved you enough to want to be with you forever, despite your sin against him. He loved you enough to send his Son to save you from your sin.
You’ll never find a greater love.
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