I’ve met more than one person who feels like they’re so messed up God couldn’t possibly love them. Each has a list of bad deeds they believe makes them impossible to love.
Every time I hear their doubt, I share the many scriptures that reveal God’s love:
- I have loved you with an everlasting love. ~ Jeremiah 31:3
- But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
- Give thanks to the God of heaven, His love endures forever. ~ Psalm 136:26
- And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. ~ 1 John 4:16
- For God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will never die, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16
Unfortunately, a lot of people have been convinced their lives negate each of these promises. But I’ve found one promise that proves God goes beyond our actions. Five times in scripture God mentions the thousand generations. In Deuteronomy 5:10, He said:
I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God . . . showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
And God repeated it in Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Chronicles 16:15, and Psalm 105:8.
In addition to God loving you for you, he loves you because someone before you loved Him. Your deeds don’t define God’s love. If anyone’s do, it’s someone from one thousand generations ago. A generation is considered to be about 25 years. That means the Creator’s love gets passed down for 25,000 years.
Adam and Eve lived 6,000 years ago, Noah, 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. Even if you feel like you’re too bad for God to love you, there’s good news. God bases His love for you on Noah’s deeds! The Almighty loves you with the love He gave Noah, the man whom God called “righteous, blameless among the people.”
God loves you with an everlasting love. Not because of anything you’ve done, but because of Who He is.