Sunday, June 25, 2017

Do Not Weary. We Will Reap a Harvest in Christ!

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Apostle Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. 

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them.

“No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

“Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked.

And they replied, “The baptism of John.”

Apostle Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” (Acts 19:4)  

As soon as they heard this, they were willing to being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Their hearts were fully open, and Paul started baptized them.  When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them.  They spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.   God was with Apostle Paul, and God poured the Holy Spirit on them through Apostle Paul.  

The people in Ephesus witnessed God’s power, and they heard Apostle Paul and his message.   Apostle Paul also went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months.   But some became stubborn rejecting his message and publicly speaking against Paul’s message.  This is not unusual.    Again and again, when God’s message was preached, Satan came in and spread the seeds of doubts in the minds of the people.   Those who were weak in faith and who were still clinging to the world while treasuring in their heart were  easily choked by the desires about and passions of the world, although they heard and understood the God’s message, i.e., the Truth.

So Apostle Paul left the synagogue, which was a Godly behavior – neither confrontational nor arguing back.  Yes, Apostle Paul could have argued back and won over those who were opposed Him.   Based on my experience, winning over those who opposed Gospel was not necessarily best to both me and the opponents.    Winning over the opponents was more likely winning a battle, but winning a battle did not lead to the final victory that I wanted to achieve -- destroy the satanic power and save the souls of the opponents.   Here is my personal experience: I wanted to share the most precious gift of salvation with my dear friend, who was really sharp and intelligent person.   One day, there was a pretty good opportunity to share my faith with him.   Then it soon became an intellectual discussion while taking a position.    Thus, it was almost ended up a serious debate, in which I actually won over him.  At last, my friend admitted his defeat of the heated debate about the Truth and Gospel.   Then he immediately stated, “Yes, you won, but I will not never be a Christian forever.”   What a sad moment, I thought that I was doing a good thing – convincing him logically because he presented his logic about the correctness of his position.   However, soon he realized that his logic was flaw out of the debate.  His defeat emotionally hurt him, and this feeling went deep into his heart.   We need to be sensitive to other’s feeling when we present the Truth and Salvation.   We have to constantly hear God’s voice in every moment so that we can be led by God, not by our own knowledge.   What God wants is to manifest ourselves as a disciple of Jesus, who loves sinners including my dear, and highly intellectual friend.   Apostle Paul should have done a excellent job by reflecting Jesus and His loving heart. 

As Apostle Paul left the Synagogue, the believers did follow him.  Apostle Paul, thus, could continue teach and nature them for the next two years.   God blessed Apostle Paul and the people in Ephesus.   The group of the believers grew both in number and spiritually while having deeper understanding and starting to have an intimate relationship with God.  Soon the group of people mature in Christ could be confined in one place.  They started outreaching people by inviting people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks, who heard the word of the Lord.  What a beautiful scene it was, which God dearly loved!   

God blessed Paul even more.  God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.  When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.   Again, these miracles were not unusual, when God’s mighty hand was in action.   However, some emulated the power of God without really knowing and experiencing God.  

A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” (Acts 19:13b)  Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. So far, it worked well.   But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?”  Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.   Surely, they did not truly know Jesus and the power of Jesus.   They were an easy prey to Satan.   The imitators were overpowered, and physically beaten till they fled naked and battered. 

The above story quickly spread all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored (Acts 19:17b) God used every opportunity to raise up His people and expand His kingdom on earth.   The above rather ignorant and prideful act made them hurt, but it actually made God’s name praised with solemn fear. 

God did not stop there.   Out of this event, God made many believers who confessed their sins and turned around from their sinful acts.  A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars.  The whole city was sanctified.  As a result, the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect. (Acts 19:20) 

God’s wisdom is beyond reach of comprehension of any human beings ever lived on earth.  God’s plan is perfect that could have not been stirred by Satan.   Satan has been defeated again and again, and had to experience the final defeat at the cross as Jesus died for us.    This is the assurance.   Satan always and continuously is making plots against us by derailing us from the sanctification journey after being saved in the name of Jesus Christ.  One thing that we can absolutely sure is that all Satan’s plans, without exception, will surely fail.   We are in the mighty and loving hand of God. The mighty and loving hand always protects us all circumstances.   Yes, sometimes, we are bitten by Satan while putting us a bitter situation that we cannot even describe with our own words.   Especially, if this bitter defeat finds us when we dedicate everything that we have with all our hearts and minds to God and His kingdom, we are very easy to be discouraged because we are mere humans. At this moment, we have to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, because soon and surely we will come out victoriously in God’s hand.   Amen.  

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

God is our Strength and Deliverer!

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.  (2 Samuel 22:2)

The people of Israel were God’s people.  God blessed them and God was their eternal king.   When they were in difficult time, God was always with them and protected them from all harms and dangers.   For example, before a severe famine came, God sent his faithful servant, Joseph to Egypt.  When the multi-year famine actually hit the entire land, through Joseph God sent the Israelites to Egypt to save from the famine.    While they were in the foreign land of Egypt, God made them multiply and grow strong.   As the preset time came, God brought them out of Egypt to the land promised to Abraham, the father of all Israel people.  Then with the help of the miraculous power in the God’s hand, they entered in the Promised Land, and inherited the land.   

When they arrived and lived in the Promised Land, God gave them judges to rule His people for Him.   However, the Israelites were people who were prone to sinning and were filled with pride just like us.   When things were good, their egos went up high like stars in heavens.   Then they slowly replaced God with their pride.  This surely led to sinning, and their sins led to their misery.   Their pride that gave false security and satisfaction ended up slavery of their sins while being subjected to those people surrounded them.   When they cried out and repented their sins, God heard their cry, and sent judges to rescue from the hands of enemies.   From the rescue, with thanksgiving, they restored relationship with God in joy.   However, this beautiful relationship did not last long again due to their fallen nature (as same as us).   They started slowly replacing God with their own pride in their hearts.  Soon they repeated the cycle again.   They fell from the blessing of God to a slavery of the people around them who did not know God.   They cried and God rescued them again.   This cycle of blessing to slavery to rescue repeated. 

After many iteration of this vicious cycle, the Israelites analyzed and searched for the answer how to avoid the pains that they experienced repetitively through the vicious cycles.  Yes, first they looked around their neighbors, who did not know the true and Only One God.   All of their neighbors had their own king.   It looked good to their eyes like neighbor’s lawn that looks greener.  Their neighbors seemed living without being captives to other nations without their pains and misery.   Then the Israelites thought that the sole reason why they had gone through those pains was that they did not have their own king like their neighboring countries.   Then they started demanding a king to God while telling “Give us a king to judge us.   Appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”  (1 Samuel 8: 4, 6)

Samuel was the prophet at that time.  He was really displease.    When he prayed to God, God told to Samuel, “Do everything they say to you,” God continued, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.  Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.  (1 Samuel 5:7-8)

God was always full of mercy.  He was directly under attack from His beloved people.  Even so, first God comforted Samuel, who was confronted by the Israelites.  God carefully explained to Samuel: “They are not rebellious to you, but me, God.  It is not the first time.   Ever since I brought the Israelites from Egypt, they have continually abandoned me, God, and followed other gods.   Now they treat you like me.”    Yes, we all know how badly the Israelites behaved in the wilderness after being brought out of Egypt.   How many time did they argue with and complain to God for forty years?   Countless many.   For example, only three days after they experienced the miraculous crossing of Red Sea by walking on dry ground by the almighty power of God, they complained to God not having drinking water.    Yes, being thirsty is not a pleasant experience, but it could not be compared with the life saving miracle.    God rescued them from the mighty armies of Pharaoh that were chasing them to kill.   There should be no complaint at all.   IN FACT, THEY DID.   This clearly reflected their fallen and sinful nature.   Upon their complaint, God did bring water and make them drink.   God was always merciful, gracious, and slow to anger.    (This is the reason why the Israelites were able to survive throughout the forty year journey in the wilderness.)

Again upon hearing their cry for their king, God gave them Saul as their king.   Before Saul became a king, he was humble and meek.  For example, he hid himself while people were searching for Saul to make him their king.  After he became a king, slowly and but steadily he changed.   He became prideful, jealous, and was filled with evil in his heart.   For example, Saul became furious when he returned from a victory of defeating the Philistine, the Israel’s archenemy.      The people in Israel came out and welcome Saul and his troops.    Women from all the towns of Israel also came out singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.  As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”   (1 Samuel 18:7)

This praise of the women deeply hurt Saul’s pride, and his heart was trouble.  Saul became afraid of David.  Then he decided to kill David.   He actually tried to kill David multiple times.   However, God protected David from the hand of Saul and his armies.   David survived by the help of God.   As time came, God abandoned Saul, who was initially humble, but later being wrapped around his own pride and fear.  God replaced Saul with David, who God picked for Him, and God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.  (Acts 3:22b)

Surely this is the highest approval of God for a mere human, David.   God said David was a man after God’s own heart.   God also said “David will do everything that I want him to do.”   What a confidence that God gave to David!    (“David” name literally means “beloved.”   David must have been truly loved by God.)   Under the kingship of David, Israel was getting stronger and prosper in God.    David subdued surrounding countries and made them pay to Israel.   The entire nation of Israel truly worshipped God and served Him.   God’s promise was finally fulfilled.  It took 500 years after the promise was given to Abraham.    The people of Israel, God’s people and the descendant of Abraham, settled in the promised land under the protection of God as a strong nation.     

One day, David, the faithful and beloved Israel King, saw a beautiful woman, Bathsheba, and he sinned against God.  The power of the sin was so strong to David, which is common to all of us too.   After his sinning, to hide his sin, he killed her husband too by making him fight for a dangerous spot in the battle field.   God, who knew every thing even deep inside of David’s heart, could not bear with these sins of David.   God sent Nathan, His prophet, to expose his hidden sins.  

Here is the reason why God loved David.   Although David was the king, he heard Nathan as God spoke to him, David immediately repented wholeheartedly before Nathan.  God forgive David.  David also had to go through a hard time.  (This is not God’s punishment, but God’s loving hand to teach David to know God better, and went into a deeper relationship with God.)   First, David’s son became ill and died, although he fasted for his son.   Then soon David had to leave Jerusalem.   His beloved son rebelled against David, and his son became the king of Israel.   David had to flee from his palace to save his life from his own son’s sword.   He had to live in fear of his son, till God removed his son, Absalom, the rebellious son.   Here is another part of David that God must have loved.   When David heard that Absalom was killed at a battle with David’s army, he mourned for his death for many days.   David truly loved his rebellious son, although Absalom was rebellious and tried to kill David.   (This reminds us what God did to us.  He loved us when we were rebellious and against Him.)     David clearly demonstrated his feeble nature as a fallen human, but he also lived out what God loved to see in David – honest and faithful repentance to God, and love without limit to his own but rebellious son.    After making David prove himself before God, God with full of mercy made David returned to his palace in Jerusalem.  David did truly experience God after he sinned against God.   Now, David’s mouth was full of praise to God, and David sang in Psalm:

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  (Psalm 18:1-2)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Time of Need, and Our God -- The Refuge and Strength

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

How long, O LORD, must I call for help?
But you do not listen!  (Habakkuk 1:2)

When a disaster, such as 9/11 hit our nation without any warning from out of blue, what was our response?    When an extreme hardship in our life suddenly came to us, how did we respond?  Here is a common response: where was our God?   We believe the God, who is so much loving and caring for us.  Even so, we had to go through such a disaster or an extreme hardship with a pain that we cannot describe alone.   Our God was so silent, and even He let the disaster or our extreme hardship happen to us.   Did Our God really care for our pain?  Our suffering reached the limit or even beyond of what we could endure.  God was so silent…    

When we needed Him most, Our God was not there.   When we really want to hear His voice, He was silent.   Why was the loving God so silent?   Did He really care for us?   Why didn’t hear us, although He could remove the pain in our heart or He could stop such a disaster or a hardship in our life even before happening.   Is Our God really omnipotent?  

If you feel the same pain while asking the same question, you are not alone.   Numerous Christians lived before us had asked, and even today countlessly many Christians are asking too because such a pain is so great to bear.  Every moment is an eternity, and we feel as if we are trapped in the pain.   Oh, God.  Where are you, when we are in pain and we need most?   

Today, we want to introduce one prophet, who lived before the Christ lived on earth.  The prophet’s name is Habakkuk.    His name latterly means “strong embrace.”   It suggests the God’s strong hand, which is full of love that tightly embraces us and put us in His bosom that is bigger than our pain and hardship that we can ever encounter in our life.    He opened up His Book composed of three chapters as follows:

How long, O LORD, must I call for help?
But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
but you do not come to save.
Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
who love to argue and fight.
The law has become paralyzed,
and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
so that justice has become perverted.   (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

Habakkuk prayed and prayed, but there was no answer from God.    Now, he got to the point to make a complaint to God.   “How long, O LORD, must I call for help?”     He had a faith that God surely listened to his prayer, and prayed and prayed.   Not just one day.   Day after day.   It must have been quite a long period.   (For some of us, it sounds very familiar.)  

Even there was violence, and it was everywhere in his life.  Although he tried to endure it, he could not bear anymore.   His heart completely shredded by the violence cried out for help, but there was silence.   

Disaster after disaster, which came upon him like a tidal wave that did not know how to stop.   Evil deeds surrounded him.  He could not understand why he had to see those.    The people with him was equally vicious.   They carefully watched over what Habakkuk did, and criticized him.  They loved violence and destruction, and enjoyed arguing and fighting.    They was simply evil.  

Although trying to find a justice by bring up to the courts, there was no justice, which was simply paralyzed.   The wicked completely outnumbered him, and he was attacked.   There was no justice, which had become perverted.   No place to go, and no way to get out.   He was struck.    Habakkuk cried out to God, but nothing was changed.   

God, who was really compassionate and full of mercy, could not be silent forever.  What Habakkuk was experiencing – no disaster, hardship, pain, violence and injustice -- was ultimately his own good, but God did not continue being silent because Habakkuk was a mere human who was feeble and fragile under God’s hand simply because it is so powerful for us to endure.    Of course, God knows exactly what we can endure and how we feel under the extreme condition.   

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)   

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. (Hebrews 2:18)

God answered to Habakkuk

“Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay.
“See, the enemy is puffed up;
    his desires are not upright—
    but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness (Habakkuk 2:2-4)

He told Habakkuk to write down to make it plain on tables.   God set an appointed time, and patiently waited for the time.  It seemed delaying forever because one second felt like an eternity under agony.    God told Habakkuk it would not delay without missing even a split second.    The enemy would be puffed up without knowing the appointed time, and continued their desire, which was not upright before God.    Their violence and injustice would be terminated exactly on the appointed time as God had planned.   Those who righteous would live by faith including Habakkuk and those who are faithful in God.   

After hearing God’s answer, Habakkuk confessed his faith before God:

Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.  (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

When he looked around, Habakkuk could not see any changes.   What he saw was as it was before he prayed and received God’s answer.   Nothing planted did produce.   No sheep  and cattle in the pen or the stalls.   However, Habakkuk was able to rejoice in the Lord.   He was joyful because God delivered him.    The Sovereign God was his strength (not his own strength and will power).  Why?   God made his feel like deer’s feet so that he could tread the rough terrain by faith while holding the might God’s hand because He already stretched His mighty hand to Habakkuk to hold tight.   This is the love of God, which trumps everything that we know, see and experience on earth.    Praise the Lord!  He is Our God.  His is our strength and stronghold, where we can take a refuge.   

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.  (Psalm 46:1-3)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Word of Day (Our True Master who Gives, not Demands)

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

One day as Jesus saw the crowds gathering, He went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.    The first teaching was the beatitudes for the poor in heart, the mourning on earth, the hungry for justice, and those who are persecuted and seeking mercy and peace, because they were blessed by God.    He continued teaching about being light, Godly behaviors between people, and prayer.  Then he started saying:

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.  (Matthew 6:19-20)

Anything on earth is not permanent.  Although we really treasure things on earth and want to protect them, all of these efforts become futile.   Anything on earth, although we want them to be with us forever, they slowly and steadily fade away.   If it is an expensive wool coat, it will sooner or later eaten away by moth by leaving holes.   Then although we paid lots of money initially, it will be thrown into a trash can.   Yes, how exciting when we purchase a brand new and shiny new car.   Although it gives a confidence that it will stay with us forever because it is made out of metal and beautiful protective coating and paint over it.    We wash and wax it, but as time goes, its color fades, and the excitement dwellings down.   The initial excitement also fades away.   Suddenly, the shiny and brand new car needs repairs and shows up rusts around rear wheel walls and underbody.   Then the rusts only start growing.   A small patch of rust soon becomes a sizable rust.  We wish the rust does not spread any further without giving a real damage.   No.  Those rusts start eating up metal, and make the shiny and strong car metal body slowly disappearing creating a hole.   Those rusts are like disease, they spread throughout the rest of the car and even destroying the frame of the car, while threatening the integrity of the car, which makes the car unsafe to use any longer.   This is the fate of all things on earth.

Additionally, things on earth are always in a danger of being stolen.   If we are in heaven, nobody will steal or take away what we have without telling us.  We are not in a perfect world.  Biblically, we live in a fallen world.   Some people covert our possessions, and they steal or take away forcefully.    Yes, it is immoral, but it happens in our world, which is a reality.  This is very unfortunate, which creates two victims: one whose possession is stolen or forcefully taken away, and the one who actually steal or take away.   Even though the latter might think he or she obtain what is wanted, in fact, he or she sold the heart and mind, which are much more precious than the thing that he or she stole.

Our heart is preoccupied by what we treasure.   If we lose what we treasure, whether it is a thing or a person, our heart breaks.   We feel as if a part of our heart is taken away.   Therefore, the best approach is not to lose.   Is it possible on earth?   No.  As long as we possess anything on earth, they are in danger of losing them.   Is there any solution?   Yes, the Bible tells if we store our treasures in heaven, the treasure will be with us forever.  Why?  In heaven, there is no moth, no rust, or no thieves who want to steal.   Are we really willing to store our treasures in heaven?  

Actually, there is another more even bigger advantage of storing treasures in heaven.    It is easy to think that we own and manage our treasures.    In reality, it is not.   Once we have a treasure in our heart, we slowly become a servant of the treasure.    The more we treasure, the more we tend to be a servant of the treasure.   That is, rather than enjoying our treasure, soon we becomes slave to what we treasure in our heart.   In other words, we live for the treasure while dedicating our heart, mind, time and energy, i.e., our own life.   Do we work day and night?    Why?   Please ask this question now.    Yes, the simple and direct answer is:  we work day and night to earn money.    Then the next question is why we make money?   The answer touches the core of the issue – to buy what we treasure: whether to purchase what we treasure or to make happy a person that we treasure in our heart.   Yes, n earth, money works and is powerful.   It empowers (or at least facilitates) us to do what we really want to do.   Perhaps, money on earth is the single most powerful one.   If not careful, it easily becomes our master because it provides all that we want on earth although all that on earth are transient and will not with us forever.   Therefore, the Bible tells us to serve God, not money.    

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  (Matthew 6:24)

Another temptation is to make a compromise in our heart by serving both money and God.   How nice, if we can both money and God in our heart?   It sounds temptingly reasonable and doable.  The dilemma is that we are absolutely incapable of serve both money and God equally.    Why?   When the time comes for us to choose one over the other, when the two masters conflict each other while providing two completely two difference courses of action, which cannot be reconciled.   Can we do two completely two different things at a time?   Nobody as a human being existing in this world has been able to do.    We cannot be two places at a time, or perform two conflicting things together.   This reality forces us to choose either money or God.     

Nobody likes conflict.   We all know that living under a conflict is really stressful.  One way to get out of this conflict is to choose one, and continue loving it, while abandoning the other.  Then we vent all frustrations and stresses accumulated during the conflict to the choice that we do not make.   Thus, if money is chosen as our mater, we put all our blames to God, which is not logical either, and it is a sin too 

Therefore, God asks us to choose a right mater before getting into this stressful life.   Our God is one and the only true master to us.    We also know by our experience that all things on earth will not make us truly satisfied.   The more we have, the thirstier we are while making us more craving for it.   Serving God is absolutely opposite.   The more we serve God, the more we find peace and love in Him while being truly satisfied in heart and mind.   Why?   The things on earth demand, but God gives.  

While we were still sinners who are wrapped around the earth-bound desire and passions of our own flesh, God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to us, and make Jesus died on cross for our sins.   This is the love of God.   He first loved us, and still loves us no matter what we did and whom we become.   What God wants is to accept Jesus as our savior, and serve Him with our heart.

For 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.  (John 3:16)