Some people believe that God loves them ‘just the way that they are’ (perceiving that He completely accepts and embraces their current lifestyle–whatever it may be–and doesn’t require for them to change any of their ways).
But I believe that God loves us way too much to allow us to remain ‘just the way that we are’ (in reference to our sinful nature), especially if He knows that the way that we are is contrary to, and against His will for our lives. I believe that God loves us enough to equip us and empower us to rise above who we are (or who we’ve become in our fallen state), in order to develop us into everything that he’s created us to be, in Him, since the foundation of time!
The fact that God wants us to change the way that we are is not to take away from the fact that His love for us is unconditional. Because it still is. God loves us regardless of who we are or what we do. But at the same time, His love for us is not absent from His expectations of us.
Remember, God is not only Love, but He is also our Heavenly Father. And any loving father would have a set of standards and expectations when it comes to his children’s behavior and lifestyle choices. Why? Because the child is a representation, or reflection of its father. And since God is our Father, He wants us to represent Him well. That’s why He requires us to be holy as He is holy. #YouCantJustLiveHoweverYouWant #LoveHasExpectations