It’s not uncommon for every Christian to experience a sobering moment when they look at the depth and breadth of their sin and ask that age-old question, “Why would God love such as I? Certainly there are other, better people to love! Why would God look at someone as broken, as rebellious, as flawed as me and say, ‘I’m going to love that person’?”
In a way, coming to the point in your life where you do ask that question is a mark of a maturing faith. Seriously! In our sin, we would never ask that. We would either assume that we don’t need God’s love at all or figure that we somehow deserve it. When we grow in Christ and pour through his Word, our eyes are opened to the truth: We have fallen far, far short of God’s standards and deserve only wrath and eternal damnation. We contain no merit nor offer any virtuous acts that can make us worthy of love — nevermind redemption and salvation.
That’s why the more you study sin, the more God’s love bowls you over. It’s why you start to ask, “Why me? Why would God love me if this is my state?” And then you read John, who says, “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.” And we flip over to Romans where it tells us, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
That God loved the unlovable — the undeserving — is not in question. He did. But why?
The simple and truthful answer to that is that it is in God’s nature to love. He is a loving God, through and through (1 John 4:16). It doesn’t mean he isn’t a lot of other things as well — justice, mercy, compassion, truth, glory, holiness — but that this is one of the most manifestly obvious facets of God’s attributes. He loves because he is love.
When we wonder why God would create a creature who would rebel and grieve him so deeply, I suppose we could ask parents that as well. All of our kids rebel. All will grieve us. Yet we trust that the love that we will have for them and the love given in return will be greater still. God redeems us in love so that we may love him forever, and that is worth it to him.
Why did God choose you to love? Because it pleased him to do so. Revel in the mystery of it, delight in the joy of it, and respond to him with all of the love that you possess.