'Live in my love.' John 15:9 GWT
When someone says, 'Make yourself at home,' it means you're welcome and accepted. And that's what Jesus means when he says, 'Live in my love' (John 15:9 GWT). You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare his love to. Nothing could make God love you more than he does right now, and nothing could make him love you less.
The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn his love, when it can only be received by faith. John says: 'The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are his children. The reason the people in the world do not know us is that they have not known him' (1 John 3:1-2 NCV). You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren't capable of expressing it. God doesn't do that. Throughout Scripture he keeps saying, 'I love you. I love you. I love you!'
C. S. Lewis wrote: 'God created us to be the objects of his love! Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we're never unloved. And because God loves us - we have value. And nobody can take that value away. God's love revealed at Calvary fastens itself onto flawed creatures like us, and for reasons none of us can ever quite figure out, makes us precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. And this is the love with which God loves us.'
Soulfood: Josh 1-4, Mark 9:1-13, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 22:27-29