I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to God’s love for us. It must be something He wants me to do because I’ve seen books, reading articles, and listening to other Christians expound on the subject. Why do I (we) think He can’t possibly mean me (us), even though He assures me (us) repeatedly in His Word.
In Genesis 1:27 we are told that we are created in His image. Men and women look like God. Think about it. Don’t we all sometimes want to
look like someone else? Well, how about God. Rather than comparing ourselves to others how about comparing ourselves to the One who loved us so much He gave His Son for us.
In Psalms 139:14 the writer is giving praise because he is aware of God’s love through being ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. He is in awe of the One who cares more about our well-being than anything else.God protects and sustains us from the time we are born until we have many gray hairs. It’s truly something He wants to do. Don’t we want to protect and sustain those we love? Of course we do. It’s God’s love for us showing through us. (Isaiah 46:4)
Siescape-fetus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let’s look at the book of Hosea. The cycle is repeated over and over. Hosea marries Gomer, they have a child, she cheats on him and has two more, he continues to forgive her and take her back. So like God’s love for us; we sin, He saves us, we sin, He forgives, and the cycle goes on and on and on…
The Painting entitled “Jesus Blessing the Children” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
John 1:12 says when we receive Him, believe in Him, and trust Him because of His name He makes us His children. Don’t we make the choice from the moment of conception to love our children even when they are sometimes unlovable? God does too.We are God’s chosen and dearly loved. Like all who love others He has expectations for us. We are to show compassion, kindness, and forgiveness (see Colossians 3:12-14 for the list). Over all we are to wear a cloak of love. A Japanese translation says it like this, “Love binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
He wants to love us. Let Him!
Ah, Lord God, my King, my Shelter, my One and Only I do not deserve to be loved by You, yet You do! You see my insides and my ‘out-sides’, You know my strongholds, my sins, my every part, yet You still love me. Oh, Lord, help me to be loving to others, help me to love like You do, with compassion, kindness, and without thought to what it will ‘cost’ me. What a Mighty God You are. Make it so!