“Do you love me?”
“Yes, you know I do.”
“Well, how come?”
If you have been in a relationship for any length of time in your life, you’ve likely had some variation of this conversation. I personally like to harass my husband at random by feigning ignorance and insisting on a complete rundown. The ‘how come’ is usually followed up with a list of reasons. “The list” is probably comprised of things you do or say to make your significant other feel special along with different qualities and traits they find endearing.
But God loves you just because you exist. There is nothing you can do or say to add to or take away from His affections.
His love is everlasting, free from conditions and expectations.
People can & do stop loving you, either because of something you did or because they had a change of heart. You can’t force God’s hand on this one. You can push Him away & deny His pursuits but His invitation remains open-ended.
When God says “I love you” there’s no list of why attached or bullet points to be met. He simply does. All you and I have to do is accept it.