God loves us perfectly. Our suffering can yield fruits of perfection and holiness when handed to Him. Our mistakes can become the raw substance that forms the ladder to Heaven. Our blessings, our lives, our function are all resting in the context of His love. Hell is alienation from God. Not because He chose to alienate us, but because He loves us enough to give us freedom; even if that means apart from Him; which is the poorest, smallest freedom one can have.
Though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. - C.S. Lewis
Nothing is inexorable but love. Love which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it then the love that yields, but its alloy…For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love cannot love its fill of loving, it spends itself to make more lovely, that it may love more; it strives for perfection, even that itself may be perfected- not in itself, but in the object…Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all that comes between and is not of love’s kind, must be destroyed. And our God is a consuming fire.
God loves us such that He will spare no pain to us for the sake of our perfection. He will also spare no pain to Himself. He weeps when we weep. He rejoices when we rejoice. His love is perfect & unyielding.
God loves the real you, not the infection infecting you. That is why He wills the expulsion of our sins. We get into trouble when we consider the sin-sick, infected us as the real us. We mistake the disease for our “self” and wonder why God doesn’t love the disease. He can’t love the disease because He loves you.
We get into trouble when we consider the sin-sick, infected neighbor as the real person. If we could really distinguish the disease from the person love would abound. I suppose only Jesus paid the price and is capable of that perfect empathy & insight but that seems to put me in an even less equipped place to judge another.
"We must consider love as an attitude by means of which certain aspects of reality become visible. The true meaning of the other as other, i.e. the meaning of the other as subject, becomes visible only through love. An attitude of preoccupation with ourselves, with our desires and interests, precludes our access to the true meaning of the other." - William Luijpen
“Love reveals truth. Life is the only position or emotional disposition from which we become fully aware of the already present reality of the other person as more than a mere object among other objects in a crowded universe. Love alone reveals the full reality and value of the other person.” - Terryl Givens
Loving someone or something reveals more of the reality about them. For example... while you may feel small, God’s love for you illuminates the reality of your importance and significance. It’s almost as if in loving other people we can help wake them (and ourselves) up to the reality of how significant and important they are.
In this way, perhaps God’s love can wake us up to the reality of who we are called to be.