Some of us can’t believe God would love us immensely, because if there is a God of the universe, why would He want to hang out with someone like us? Some of us can’t believe God could love us passionately because we know where we’ve been and what we’ve done, and our experience with relationships is that no one can truly get over our past or love us for who we are today. Some of us have heard this concept of God’s love our whole lives, but we don’t feel it in our hearts.
Here’s truth: Our lives will transform if we accept and embrace God’s love and begin to build an intimate relationship with Him.
But how do we embrace a love we don’t understand? We may not be able to fully comprehend God or understand His agape, unconditional love. So let’s start with what we can understand.
The first step to believing God’s love is to understand why He loves us. Why He loves you. God loves you because… God loves.
God loves you because God loves.
God doesn’t love you because of what you can accomplish or how good you are at something. Conversely, God doesn’t love you less because of the mistakes you’ve made or the things you say or think. God doesn’t love you because of how you look or how smart you are or because you want to help other people.
God doesn’t love you more or less because of anything you do.
God loves you because God is God. The reason behind God’s love is Him, not you. Just like a new mother loves her baby the moment that child is born, so your Heavenly Father has loved you every moment of your existence––not because of anything you’ve done. Not because of anything your parents have done. God loves you because He is God and you are His child. And He loves you like His favorite.
Think about these truths:
* God loves you because God loves.
* God loves you because God is God.
* There is nothing you can do, good or bad, to change God’s love for you.
* Your part in the equation is to believe God loves you and accept His love.
Spend some time today with your Heavenly Father. He loves you immensely. He loves you passionately. And He misses you dearly.
“God is love.” 1 John 4:8
“God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (NLT)
May I pray?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love. Thank You that You love us not because of anything we do or don’t do, but simply because You love. You are love. Help us to focus today on You and Your love for us. Open our hearts and our minds so that we can grasp a glimpse of the immense, passionate, intense, unfailing love You have for us. May we take a step forward in Your love today, and never look back. Amen.
Q4U: What would it take for you to believe that God loves you like His favorite child?