God Fell In Love With Us? Oh. Right.

God Fell In Love With Us? Oh. Right.

Clichés drive me crazy. Especially those Christian ones.

(Sorry, that was an abrupt beginning.)

There are a lot of cliché phrases that go around in Christian circles, especially ones that take the place of solid theology.

There’s a way of thinking that goes around, even from pastors(!). It goes something like this.

“God fell in love with His people, and so He sent His Son to die for us!”

So, God fell in love with you?

“Fell in love”?

When I think of falling in love, I think of romance with out someone’s own consent; a relationship that “just happened;” a love formed of SURPRISE! emotions, and basically the first half of Taylor Swift songs.

So when I think of God falling in love with us, I think of an emotion. An impulse. Something that had to do with our performance.

But right here in the Bible, we know that we are horrible, sinful, wretched sinners.

And it was then that Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

That blows my mind, and shows me something amazing.

Love is a choice.

God did not fall in love with us, He chose to love us.

1 John 4:19

“We love because he first loved us.”

I know, this is such a simple concept. But it’s really important to note.

Because once we realize that God’s love for us is a conscious choice, it makes it so much sweeter. Nothing we could ever do could make us deserve God’s love. That is just so incredibly amazing to me, that He chose to love us, at our absolute darkest.

When I understand His love, I want to show that love to others. I want to inhale His grace and exhale His forgiveness! I want to be so full of Him, that when I tip, love pours out.

Even when tough things come along, I know that God’s love is stronger than everything. He didn’t have to love me. I did not deserve it in the least.

I’m a broken and utterly flawed human being. I deserve eternal punishment. But God had mercy on me, and extended grace to me.

I find that to be the most awe-inspiring and mind-blowing thing ever.

I’m caught between wanting to fall to my knees and worship and wanting to run to my roof and scream that Jesus saves. I will write until the whole world hears…

JESUS CAME TO SAVE YOU! REGARDLESS OF YOUR PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE! FORGETTING YOUR REPUTATION, THE MISTAKES YOU’VE MADE, AND WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

JESUS WILL SAVE YOU, JUST ACCEPT IT! BELIEVE AND RECEIVE.

And there’s my little speech.

God didn’t fall in love with us, He chose to love us.

Even though we’ve turned our backs on Him, His love still stands.

Even though we can’t repay Him, His grace still extends to us.

He does not want to see anyone perish.

2 Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

*aj

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19 thoughts on “God Fell In Love With Us? Oh. Right.

  1. Exactly! I hear that a lot, but at a camp I went to, our teacher said that Jesus had to choose to love us, in spite of our sin… otherwise, well… we never would’ve been saved. There’s no way he could’ve loved us while we were sinners if he hadn’t chosen to.

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  2. Awesome post, Amanda! I admire your passion for God!! ❤

    That is what I've been thinking on lately … God's love for us, and how big, powerful, freeing, and beautiful it is!! Sooo amazing!! He choose us! He wanted us. He loved us BEFORE we "had it together", were "good Christians", and all that. And His love never fails.

    Thank you for the encouragement! 🙂 Blessings on your day, friend!

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  3. So, so true. God had to choose us, choose to love us, or else He never would have sent His Son to die for our sins. We really don’t deserve it. We’re sinners. All we really deserve is eternity in Hell. But God is merciful! He saves!

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    • That’s good that you haven’t heard this one before. It gets on my nerves. 😛
      And thank you, Amanda! (It’s so weird and awesome to talk to someone with my own name.) So glad it came out understandable, and even better that it came out English. 🙂

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      • In English haha what other languages do you know? 😉

        Yeah, it is weird, but one of my sisters has a friend named Amanda (and Julia, which is my other sister’s name), so I’m used to it already. 🙂

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      • You know, Spanish, Rizkan, pig Latin, the usual. XD
        Ah, that’s cool. (It trips me up when I get Goodreads notifications that say “Amanda commented on this thread” and EVERY SINGLE TIME I think to myself, “why am I getting alerted of my own comment?” Haha.)

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      • HAHA SAME. The girl whose name is Amanda? I’m friends with her older sister and EVERY SINGLE TIME she’s talking about her sister–“Amanda did this”–I’m like, what’d I do again?

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  4. I’m an expert at abrupt beginnings. 😉 Seriously, though, excellent post! “Falling in love” sounds romantic and all, but it has no depth. That passage in Corinthians that details the characteristics of love? None of those just happen! We must choose to be patient and kind, slow to anger and quick to forgive. Just as our Father chose to love us.
    Ahh!! I love it XD well done, Amanda!

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    • Thanks so much, Christy!
      I love how you put that. “characteristics of love? None of those just happen! We must choose to be patient and kind, slow to anger and quick to forgive. Just as our Father chose to love us.” So true!
      Love is a choice…falling in love is infatuation. Thanks for commenting!

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