Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. (Ps 63:3, ESV)
“As we experience this love, there is a temptation at times to become hostile to our earlier understandings, feeling embarrassed that we were so “simple” or “naive,” or “brainwashed” or whatever terms arise when we haven’t come to terms with our own story. These past understandings aren’t to be denied or dismissed; they’re to be embraced. Those experiences belong. Love demands that they belong. That’s where we were at that point in our life, and God met us there. Those moments were necessary for us to arrive here, at this place at this time, as we are. Love frees us to embrace all of our history, the history in which all things are being made new.” ― Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
Pastor Tullian Tchividjian once said, “Not just any love, but love that never changes, fluctuates, God’s love is always 100%. “Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.”
So when read, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,” (Joh 3:16 CEB) we need to stop trying to analyze God’s love, and just receive it, unconditional and available to EVERYONE, praise the LORD!