How long has it been since you reminded yourself how loved you are? You do know you are loved, don’t you? God created us to love us, and when asked what the greatest commandment was, Christ responded that it was for us to love God back. He could have chosen to base His relationship with us on justice, or parental care, or even retribution. But significantly, He chose to love us.

Did you know there is nothing you can do that will cause God to love you any more than He already does? In fact, there is nothing you can do that will cause God to love you any less.

Said another way, God loves you as you are, not as you are supposed to be.

God does not love you in some poor, sympathetic, mousy way that feels pity for your sorry efforts to please Him. God loves you because He is love. It is His very nature to love to the nth degree of His capacity to love.

He loves you passionately, intensely, aggressively, and as Chesterton says, He loves you furiously. You are loved with all God possesses. You are loved from the depth and height and breadth of His character. You are loved in all the ways God’s infinite creative genius can conceive. You are loved beyond the value of anything God holds dear.

When God thinks of you He brings everything He is to the relationship at hand and only asks that you consider responding to His overtures.

Next: How is my life different—if I’m so loved by God?