While reading something else, I came across an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Lewis is explaining why Christians are different from those who hope, by being good, to please God. He writes that
the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.
I fear too many Christians actually do have the mistaken belief that they must be good to be loved by God and that is a myth that needs to be dispelled.
I love the analogy to the greenhouse roof, all of the brightness of which comes from the sun shining on it. As I sat reflecting on the passage, I could (even though I was indoors) almost feel the sun pouring over me, bathed in the love of God. A love that is freely offered to all of us. The love that is the source of our very being. And the love that enables us to love in return.