God really, really loves you. He loves you a lot. God’s love is greater than anything we can imagine. You can barely compare it to the strongest love we have here on earth.
God loves you when you are bad. God loves you whether you love him or even believe in him. You can be an atheist and he still loves you. You can be a prostitute and he still loves you. You can be a middle ages fat guy and he still loves you.
I don’t love you enough to sacrifice one of my children just to show you how much I care. Guess I don’t really care about you that much. But God does.
This love is really the core of the Gospel, or good news. We Christians spend way to much time worrying about changing behavior. We should spend more time worrying that people don’t understand – really deep down understand – that God loves them.
That’s one of the things I learned while reading Ragamuffin Gospel.