Rom.5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God loves us, and yes, God loves you not because of anything you have done or can do for Him, but He loves you despite everything you have done. In other words He loves you no matter what because that is Who He is. ‘God is love’ as the Apostle John declared. His love is not conditional it is totally based on Him and not on you. He died for drug dealers, gang bangers, rock stars, street dwellers, opium smokers, prostitutes, and housewives and business people. He gave His life for students, contractors, presidents and prisoners. In other words His love makes no sense, He loves us anyway. Here is a quote from David Jeremiah on what he calls unreasonable love.
“It is possible to consider—it is reasonable, though something of a stretch—that someone might be willing to die for a good person. In Charles Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities, we see this kind of noble sacrifice fictionally demonstrated when the British barrister Sydney Carton willingly goes to the guillotine in the place of Charles Darnay. Carton’s sacrifice seems “reasonable” because he has led a somewhat dissipated life and has little to live for, while the falsely accused Darnay is a man of great honor, courage, and virtue. In an extreme case and under certain dire circumstances and for an exceptionally good person, you or I might possibly find it in our hearts to make such a sacrifice. But for the vilest of criminals, a person who had made no contribution to society, and who seemed to delight in being an enemy of all that is good and right—would you die for that person? Your answer would probably be a quick and unmitigated “Hardly!” And that’s a perfectly reasonable answer.”
God’s love seen clearly in His only Son, Jesus of Nazareth, is what stopped me in my tracks. Someone shared the cliche with me, “Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life”. The words were not cliche or trivial to me, they were the most powerful words I had ever heard. Somehow the very love of God was encompassed in those words and penetrated my cold, callous heart. His love was unreasonable, there was no reason that He should love me. That is exactly what won my heart.