May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God
– 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Many people believe that God is distant and uninterested in us. But we’ll discover in this study that simply isn’t true. Will find that God loves us deeply and has gone through great lengths to have a lasting, personal relationship with us.
WHY GOD CREATED YOU
A few years ago my wife and I decided to start a family. We wanted to have children so we could love them and they could love us. In the same way God, our heavenly father (Matthew 6:26), created us so He could love us and we could love Him.
But how do we know God loves us? We know He loves us by His Word’s (He tells us He loves us) and by His Actions (His actions prove His Words are true).
WONDERFULLY MADE (His Words)
As we read the Bible we discover that not only does God love us, He has taken a special interest in our lives, knows us intimately, and desires a personal relationship with us.
Revelation 3:20, for example, tells us that Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, waiting for us to invite Him in. Imagine the great God of the universe humbly seeking our company — what a marvelous thought!
Then there’s Psalm 139. Verses 13 & 14 tell us that we are wonderfully made, knit together by His hands. And back in verses 1-5 we read these beautiful words:
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”
As we continue our journey through the scriptures we find many more verses like the ones above. Jeremiah 31:3 says that God loves us with an “everlasting love”, Matthew 10:30 tells us that He knows us so well that He has the hairs on our head numbered. How often has God thought of you? You couldn’t count! It’s “more in number than the sand” according to Psalm 139:17-18.
When we laugh He laughs with us, and when we cry He holds us tight and comforts us because, “the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” Psalm 34:17-18.
When Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9 He told us to refer to God as “Our Father” And later on He tells us that we must become “as little children” (Matthew 18:3). So our relationship is that of a (heavenly) Father and a child.
“How great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God.” (1 John 3:1)
NO GREATER LOVE (Actions which prove His Words)
God is sinless (perfect). We are sinful (imperfect). Our sin separates us from God and the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). To bridge the gap between Creation and Creator God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ — the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) — to pay the penalty of sin by dying on the cross. “Greater love,” Jesus tells us, “has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
How precious we must be to God that He would go through such great lengths to have a relationship with us!
My two sons and I share a special relationship. People always ask why they’re so attached to me. The reason is because I first offered them my love (by both my words and actions) and they responded.
In the same way, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:18). Or again in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you”
God first offers His love to us and we respond to it.
And, oh, what a great love it is! Nothing can separate us from it. “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 thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)