"May you experience the love of Christ." Ephesians 3:19 NLT
God's love has nothing to do with you. Others love you conditionally, but not God. He loves you because He decides to. Self-generated, without cause and spontaneous, His constant love depends only on His choice to give it. Listen: "The Lord did not set His affection on you… because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you" (Deuteronomy 7:7-8 NIV). You can neither earn nor influence God's love. Paul writes, "God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8 NLT). Don't trust other yardsticks. There's nothing else in the universe to compare God's love to. Success signals God's love no more than struggles indicate the lack of it.
Jesus said, "Abide in My love" (John 15:9 NAS). To abide in His love is to feel at home in it. Home: the place where you're known, loved, secure, and always welcome. John writes, "We take up permanent residence in a life of love" (1 John 4:17 TM).
To abide in His love is to cling to Christ like a branch clings to a vine. Does the branch ever release the vine? Only at the risk of death. Does the branch ever stop drawing life from the vine? No, it receives nutrients 24 hours a day. Would you say the branch is vine-dependent? Absolutely! Listen: "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me" (John 15:4 NAS).