In our walk with God, learning to see His love through nature and in Scripture is essential. We are loved, and as part of our spiritual growth we need to know that love intimately in order that our relationship with God be consistent. After all, you do not want to come close to someone who doesn’t love you!
I’d like to share a couple of my favorite ways that God loves us, as seen in the Bible. These aren’t in order of importance – that would be too hard!
One of my favorite concepts is that we are God’s children.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1.
He formed each of us:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb” Psalms 139:9.
God is the one who made each of us. And just as we love our own children, He loves us and wants to give us good things. Contrary to the idea that God is “out to get us,” His thoughts toward us are loving thoughts:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.
As his children we can also have access to Him any time, day or night.
Another favorite concept is that God knows us intimately, and loves us anyway! There’s nothing we need to hide from Him; He can see it anyway. But that doesn’t change how He feels about us. Listen:
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…” Psalms 139:1-3.
So many people are afraid to bare themselves to others, thinking that “if people really knew me they wouldn’t love me.” This fear can carry over to God as well, and so we try to hide from Him. But God knows us intimately and loves us anyway! He sees all the negative things we think and feel, all our negative motives and intentions, and He sees the great potential for good that He’s placed within us, as well as the potential to love Him back.
The last concept I’ll share is that He doesn’t leave us on our own – EVER. Several times in the Bible is the phrase:
“I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (See Deuteronomy 31:6, for one of them)
Matthew 28:20 reiterates the theme –
“… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love:
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
These are a couple of my personal favorite Scriptural concepts about God’s love. What concepts of God’s love are your favorite?