Some people believe that as long as we are doing good, resisting temptation, praying everyday and treating others kindly that's when God loves us. That's when He will be good to us and bless us, however God loves imperfect people. He knows that we are not perfect and that there will be times when we will have doubts. There will be times when we would fail Him, times when we wouldn't perform so perfectly. God is who He says He is. He loves us all in spite of our skin color or our ethnicity, in spite of our lifestyle or our economic background. He still loves and desires the best for us, His very essence is love. When God looks at us He does not see our imperfections or our short comings. He sees the potentials, the masterpiece of who He created us to be. Jeremiah 29:11 is a perfect example of His thought for us, it reads, For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Now doesn't that sound like love? Now He has commanded us to love others in the same way that He loves us. To love others sincerely and not judge, no matter who they are. God even loves the backslider and He stands arms wide opened waiting on them to come back home. God desires for us to prosper, He desires for us to be saved, for us to walk in liberty, therefore He stands waiting to receive us. In Luke Chapter 15 we read about the prodigal son. A son that received his inheritance, left home and squandered his money. When he reached to the bottom of his life, the word of God tells us that he came to his senses and made the decision to go back home. The beauty in this story is the father's attitude towards his son. It says while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son and threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20 NIV). Although the son had left home for some time and lived a careless and reckless life, the father still loved him and had compassion for him. This story is indicative of our heavenly Father's love for us. That is God's reaction when we turn our lives around. He loves us even in our mess. He wants us to come to Him so He can clean us up and throw us a welcome home party. We are never entirely lost. God knows exactly where we are and He's waiting with arms opened wide, ready to receive you because you can always come home, He has already laid the welcome mat.