When you’re joyful, peaceful, kind, humble, purposeful, obedient, and honorable, you are loved.
But when you’re depressed, anxious, bitter, self-righteous, self-piteous, self-centered, and have really screwed up . . . you are still loved.
It’s not about performing to earn God’s love. It’s simply about responding to it.
There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to diminish his love for you, either. He loves you because he loves you. He loves you because he is love itself, and nothing changes that. Jesus has declared his love for you on the cross, and continues to demonstrate it to you through his Spirit.
If you can accept that God loves you all the time, you can also accept his invitation for your thoughts and emotions to be filled with love right now. You can choose to see yourself in the love he has for you, and to speak to others with the love he has for them, no matter what’s happening.
In the constancy of his love, you can silence the negative voices, and deal with everything in front of you confidently. You can let his love renew your mindset, relationships. You can stop living in reaction to any old anxious ways of thinking, and begin living in response to his love.
“God told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!’” (Jeremiah 31:3).