Let’s talk basics, the basics of Christianity. This is important to people in every stage of faith: for the non-believer to understand what following Jesus is all about; for the new believer so he may know what path to follow; and for the lifelong Christian, who no matter how advanced in faith, still needs reminding about the grace of Jesus.
The first basic is that GOD LOVES US. This seems simple enough, but we need to understand the magnitude of a statement like that. God—the Creator of the whole universe, the Lord over all creation, the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God who has power over everything—loves you. And not in any small way. He loves you immensely, intensely, and unconditionally. He loves everything about you since before He even created you, even before you knew Him (Romans 5:8). Everything God does toward you is always a loving act. Even when life is at its worst, God is still loving you. It’s in His nature.
God won’t give up on you. Not now, not ever. God’s love isn’t some delusion that you’re perfect, but rather that He loves you no matter what. (Hebrews 13:5) God cherishes every tiny act of truth, every tiny act of grace, every tiny act of justice, even in the darkest and most sinful souls.
God loves you!
The Bible says that God loves all of us. Yes, even you. The most famous verse of the Bible, John 3:16, says that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).
God so loved the world. That’s everybody. That’s you, that’s me, that’s your neighbor, that’s your spouse, that’s even the guy you can’t stand at work. God loves us all, each in our own special way. He loves every part of us. There’s nothing we can do to make God loves us less (Romans 8:39), and there’s nothing we can do to make God loves us more, for He loves us without condition and without any action on our part. He simply loves us.
And that’s the first basic of the Christian faith: God loves us! God loves You!
Co-Author: Daniel Ferguson