Did you know that no one loves you as much as God does? It may not always seem like it. Sometimes, it may not even feel like God’s there. But the reality of God’s unrivaled love is based on more than mere feeling.
We all need to feel genuinely cared for by others. At times, we do feel loved. At others, we may feel like there isn’t a person in the world who cares about us. Let’s look at a few reasons why God’s love is far superior to any other type of love we could experience here on earth.
God has Unlimited Time to Love You
Our greatest resource is time. We all get 24-hour days and most of us have a running list of tasks that never get done. Just when we think we’re making some headway, new tasks get added to the list.
The pressures of work and other responsibilities make it hard to spend adequate time with those we care most about. It may seem like God has the same amount of time as we do, but that isn’t the case. He created time for us to mark off the seasons. Time was invented to help us, not God. As hard as it is to grasp, God doesn’t have to work within the confines of time. He exists outside of it and defies all boundaries we experience as very limited human beings.
Peter shared about this subject when He said God wasn’t being slack about the time He gives people to repent from their sins.
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”2 Peter 3:8
Unlike us, God can do endless tasks all at the same time. We can’t even process two different conversations at the same time. God has also always been there and always will be. God may work within time for our benefit, but He doesn’t need time as we do.
Even your best friends can’t always be there for you because of time constraints. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t care about you. They just have many responsibilities and can’t always be the support you need. God, on the other hand, is always there for you whenever you need Him. That’s because He’s unlimited in time. He can work outside of the created laws of time and, therefore, can love you like no one else can.
God has Unlimited Resources and Ability to Love You
There are people in your life who care deeply for you. They’d like to do more for you than they’re able because their limited resources make it difficult to impossible to help as they want. Maybe you’re struggling financially but your family and friends are limited in their ability to give you the financial help you need. Your mom maybe would like to watch your kids for the weekend so you and your spouse can go on a weekend away. But it’s possible your mom’s health doesn’t allow her to help out in that way. Unlike God, we also get tired and can only be in one place at a time.
Unlike people, God has unlimited resources and the ability to love you. We are incredibly limited. God is not hindered in any way, however. Sometimes, knowing God could help you, but doesn’t, can feel really hurtful.
That’s where faith is needed. God’s ways are higher than ours and He has better reasons to do what He does than we do. Besides that, Jesus promised that we would have many troubles in this life. We’re currently in a spiritual war zone. God will bring relief to our suffering at the proper time.
Because No One is Willing or Able to Sacrifice as Much as God Does
By far, the greatest reason God loves you more than anyone else is because He’s willing and able to sacrifice more for you than anyone else. Even for those closest to us, we sometimes struggle to put others’ needs above our own selfish desires.
Because of our sin, we were enemies of God. We chose the things He created over the Creator. We were deserving of both physical and spiritual death. As sinful humans, we especially struggle to love our enemies. But God loved his enemies so much that He sent his only Son to earth to live a sinless life of self-sacrifice to help us.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:8
Ultimately, Jesus would die on a cross so those who turn their allegiance back to God could be forgiven. Even if we were to sacrifice our earthly lives for someone, that wouldn’t come close to what God gave up when He sent Jesus to us. From eternity past, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father had existed in the Trinity in perfect harmony. That was disrupted for our benefit and God’s glory when Jesus came to earth. The pain and self-sacrifice that caused the Trinity are unfathomable to us. Surely, a millisecond of pain that intense would undo us.
God is Completely Sinless in His Interactions With You
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, sin has affected every one of our earthly relationships and, worst of all, our relationship with God. What this means is that we constantly battle our selfish desires when we seek to do good for others. Too often, our sinful desires win over. We might use people instead of sacrificing for them. We’re also tempted to place less valuable things like wealth above aspects of higher value such as our relationships with people and God.
Humanity has created millions of ways to hurt their fellow humans including deep betrayal. It’s no wonder if we struggle to trust people. Even the scriptures say that Jesus didn’t trust sinful people because He knew what they were like inside.
“But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”John 2:24-25
Because this has been our experience here on earth to a greater or lesser extent, it can sometimes be difficult to trust God. We’re tempted to believe He’s just like us. Thankfully, this couldn’t be further from the truth. God is completely sinless, meaning He always operates with your best interest in mind.
This is so foreign to what we’ve experienced with sinful people, that such a relationship is nearly impossible to fully wrap our minds around. Still, that is the reality of our relationship with God. And what that means is an infinitely richer and enduring love than any of our earthly relationships could ever accomplish.
Does God Love Me Even If I’m Not a Christian?
Surely, the same Jesus who told us to love our enemies also loves his enemies. God is incredibly patient with us, giving us time and blessings to remind us of his kindness. This kindness isn’t meant to make us arrogant, thinking we attained these undeserved gifts on our own. They also aren’t given to make us comfortable, complacent or indifferent about life
God loves all people—Christians and non-Christians alike. God wants you to turn your allegiance to Him and away from your sin. By placing your faith in Jesus to forgive you and by giving up your right to live life for your own interests, you become saved from the horrible penalty your sin deserves. Faith in Jesus saves us from the wrath of God that must fall on sinful people who don’t turn to God in repentance in this life.
It may seem evil that a God would send people to a place of eternal torment. The reality is that God wouldn’t be good if He didn’t judge sin. He has to judge it in order to remain perfectly good. He can’t let our evil thoughts and deeds go unchecked.
But He loves us too much to let us die in our sins. By trusting Jesus, our sin debt is canceled. The fear of judgement is replaced with the peace of God. We become friends and children of God instead of his enemies. We become citizens of the eternal and blissful city of Heaven instead of inhabitants of an eternal Hell. This is all made possible by a God who willingly made his life “a living hell” before allowing us to meet such a horrible fate because of our sin.
Summing It All Up
When it’s all said and done, only one Person’s opinion about you matters. The most important thing is that you have Jesus before you leave this life. If you do find Jesus, you’ll have all the love you’ll ever need (the infinite love of God). He is who you were made for. Having that love is everything.
All human relationships (even the best ones) are incredibly weak in their love compared to what God offers. Because of the pain of this life and its inherent limitations, we often find it difficult to see how much God really loves us. In Heaven, all the struggles we have here on earth will be over for good. Our faith will be sight. God will be everything we’ve ever longed for, and we’ll never feel unloved again!