In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public life to show how much God loved everyone—including those rejected by the religious leaders who were convinced God couldn’t love people who broke the law.
Now we have to translate those truths into our own lives. Many are confused by fears and doubts about God’s love. “If I’ve sinned, then God does not love me.” False! God is love, and he never stops loving his children. God can’t do anything else but love—that’s how he is defined in Scripture.
At the same time, we have an obligation to seek, love, and serve God, as well as our neighbor. Even with all that, God gives his love and care. There is no human who responds perfectly. There is no person who has not needed to be redeemed—no person for whom Jesus did not die.