A little while ago, I went to see the movie If I Stay, based on the book by Gayle Forman. While I admit that the movie is fairly well made, I genuinely enjoyed the book much more. However, I LOVED the soundtrack in the movie. I would say my favorite song was probably “Heart like Yours” by Williamette Stone, because I am especially drawn to the lyrics. Despite the fact that this movie has pretty much nothing to do with God, much less Christianity in general, the lyrics unintentionally describe a pretty clear picture of how undeserving we are of God’s love:
How could a heart like yours
Ever love a heart like mine?
How could I live before?
How could I have been so blind?
Ok, so God doesn’t have a “heart” like we do, but we still can understand the sentiment: How can someone like you, God, love someone like me? It’s like someone pulled the words right from my soul.
How can God, perfect creator of all things, all knowing, all powerful, magnificent and glorious, love someone as low and as sinful as me?
Here’s the thing: He can love us because He’s God. He chooses to love us for no other reason except that he wants to, despite our sinful, filthy hearts. This fact makes it all the more beautiful. We haven’t done anything to deserve God’s love, yet he loves us anyways.
Here’s another thing: there is nothing we can do, nothing anyone else can do, and nothing in this world that can cause us to be separated from his love.
Just like it says in Romans 8:38-39,
“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.”
This is a glorious truth that we can find rest in. No matter how muddled our lives and hearts get, God will still love us.
I often feel unworthy, and I almost positive all of you can relate. I almost always feel inadequate of God’s love. Honestly, we should feel that way. We are unworthy of God’s love- every last one of us. But here’s the thing: God loves us anyways. God chooses to love us even though we aren’t even close to deserving it. He loves us despite our disheveled lives and messy hearts.
This fact makes his beautiful love all the more inspiring. God’s unconditional love for us should inspire us to love one another unconditionally. Loving one another unconditionally is something that we are called to do, and there are so many verses we can read about this calling.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16
It clearly states it in several verses: love others as God loves you. This means to love your neighbor even though they don’t mow their lawn enough or they play their music so loud you’re afraid it may bust your windows. This means love the cranky cashier who gave you the wrong change. This means love your family no matter how broken or dysfunctional. This means to love your brothers and sisters in Christ no matter how they may have hurt you or how they may have treated you.
Despite my failures, I am loved unconditionally by the most magnificent and glorious being in creation. This compels me to follow his command to love others in the same way. What better motivation do we need than his love for us? The least we can do in return of God’s love for us is to love everyone the same, unconditionally, and serve and glorify Him every day of our lives.