Knowing that God loves us (Part 1)

What an amazing thing to think that the Creator of the universe knows me and loves me. Have you ever stopped to ponder that? God actually likes me. God is fond of me. God calls me His friend. God will never leave me nor forsake me because I am His child. This blows me away.

Many people have a hard time believing that God could ever love them. They know their past and they know that they are sinners. They are also aware that God is holy and just and cannot simply “wink” at sin and pretend everything is ok. Of course, the solution to this dilemma is the person and work of Jesus Christ. Through the electing grace of God, every believer is clothed with the righteousness of Christ. So how can God love us? Because the blood of Christ covers our sins and we are now a child of God.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not share his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32) You mean God is actually for us? You mean God is actually pleased with me? God loves me? Yes, yes, and yes.

When we begin to understand the love of God, it tends to be overwhelming for us. We can never fully understand the love of God, but as we begin to comprehend the redeeming love of God, we can’t help but be amazed. God was not required to rescue us…..but He did, by His grace. Praise God. Praise God. Praise God.

There are people who have faithfully attended church for decades who have never come to know or experience the love of the Savior. They are committed to doing what they can to please God and “do things for God” but they have never come to understand or experience the love of God. Unfortunately, all their striving and toiling will count for nothing at the end of the day. The bible tells us, “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” (Isaiah 64:6) In other words, they are disgusting. Why we would ever think God would be pleased with us, apart from the perfect righteousness of Christ?

There is a classic hymn that speaks of the love of God. You may have heard it before, here are the lyrics:

The love of God is greater far
 than tongue or pen can ever tell.
 It goes beyond the highest star
 and reaches to the lowest hell.
 The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
 God gave His Son to win; 
His erring child He reconciled 
and pardoned from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure, 
how measureless and strong! 
It shall forever more endure 
the saints’ and angels’ song.

The first step in the love process is coming to know that God loves you. Have you embraced that love through Jesus Christ? If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of your sin, God will forgive you and make you His very own. You will be part of the family of God. I assure you that nothing can compare with this glorious reality.

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