The Holy Scriptures clearly says that God loved us so much despite of our sinful nature. He offers Himself to be our God not because we are lovable but because it is His nature that He is loving. He loves us by sending His Son Jesus for us to have hope of eternal life because that’s the kind of God He is. In the Old Testament, God chose Israel to be the recipient of God’s love but Israel forgot how loving God had been in making them His chosen people. They did not fear God. They do wicked things, worship idols, embezzle money or ignore a neighbors need.
In the book of Malachi 1:6-8 the people offered defiled food to God and God questioned “Where is my honor?…When you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your Governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary exactly says; “Our relation to God, as our Father and Master, strongly obliges us to fear and honour him. Those who live in careless neglect of holy ordinances, who attend on them without reverence, and go from them under no concern, in effect say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. They despised God’s name in what they did. It is evident that these understood not the meaning of the sacrifices…; they grudged the expense, thinking all thrown away which did not turn to their profit. If we worship God ignorantly, and without understanding, we bring the blind for sacrifice; if we do it carelessly, if we are cold, dull, and dead in it, we bring the sick; and if we suffer vain thoughts and distractions to lodge within us, we bring the torn. And is not this evil? Is it not a great affront to God, and a great wrong and injury to our own souls? In order to the acceptance, we must do it from a right principle, in a right manner, and for a right end” (Commentary on Malachi). If God’s special love is not reciprocated with honor, heartily, respect and sincerity, will God be pleased? Absolutely not!
How much does God love us? The answer is “so much” that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 1:8). Our sinfulness and rebellion toward God was paid with Love for us to see God’s great Love for us. If we have an avenue to understand how God loved us, we must be willing to understand how to accept the love of God. Imagine, we were created in His own image and likeness! What reason do we have to rebel and neglect Him.
This Love is so Great and Special that has to make God our priority. His patience and willingness to give is so great even giving His own Son’s life for us. But this will not continue until the appointed time. If we ignore and reject this love offered to us, God has a way in dealing with us. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says; “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” God’s love gives us a choice to take our freedom seriously. We are accountable for our own choice whether to reciprocate God’s Special love or not and this will later be judged.