Our human makeup is compounded of a variety of wonderful faculties, creative powers, emotions, reasoning powers and needs. Love’s sole motivation is to meet any need wherever a need is found. Our most crucial need is to feel loved and accepted. What we often believe is that we are loved in spite of our oddities, fluctuating emotions, deviations and tempers. This notion often leaves us with a slight insecurity in our interactions with God.
There is ample evidence in the scriptures that the opposite is true. God loves us because of our humanity – because of its complexity and wonderful capabilities as endued upon us at the creation. The perhaps most potent example is found in Paul’s words to the Romans. ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (5:8). Norman Grubb wrote: ‘God lives to meet need and gives Himself without limit to meet it.’
Everything from above is pure in its expression and manifestation. Hence, our Father loves unconditionally. God’s overarching objective is that His life will promote others having life. God is blessed when man is blessed. In fact He offers His kind of life to anyone who wants to participate in Him. Norman Grubb concludes: ‘And then John quietly writes: “For as He is, so are we in this world.” Not “ought to be”, or “could be”, but “are”. Of course we are, this new life is He in us. So we are now the eternal love. Exactly what He is, we are. That is the end of our self-preserving selves! God unlimited is love. Man unlimited is love.’
This is the absurdity we come to know as grace unlimited. It isn’t longer we, but He, and He can do it and as a consequence we can do it. Satan repeatedly contest what God says about us. Our soul enemy’s main claim is that we are self-lovers, that we are egoists. However, in our core, in our heart, in our Spirit God is and what He is we are. Our emotions, reactions and actions merely reflect our inner man and by faith we say: “There you are God.” This has to be an operation of faith because to us it might often seem like much of what comes out of us contradicts our expectations on how things ought to be if we are love.
If our everyday lives were a smooth journey there would be no need for faith. Faith, however, always speaks against appearances and we boldly say: “This is you God. How will you use this to bring life to others?” This is the most effective antidote to that illusion about independent self that Satan wants to perpetuate in our consciousnesses and which gives rise to condemnation and this crippling sense of shame and failure. But, if we are tempted to think in terms of independence and condemnation engulfs us this need will be instantly met by our loving Father so that repentance and a change of mind which joyfully returns to the truth ensue.