Questions From Bible Study: How do I know God loves me?

In a recent Sunday School class an 8-year-old asked: “How can I know that God loves me?” This is neither an uncommon question, nor is it restricted to youngsters. It is a question that plagues many at all ages.

For some, they have never really experienced love, even from their family (unfortunately, including parents.) These are the people who also don’t know how to love.

For others, the feeling is that they are undeserving of love. This feeling of being “unlovable” can come from low self-image, being belittled by others or from having done things that they feel make them unworthy of being loved.

And there are those who, for whatever reason, reject God’s love. Here it is pride and self-centeredness that comes between God and the individual.

So, how can we know?

First, we were created in the Imago Dei, the image of God. God is love. We (humans) are at the very top, the crowning jewel, of all that He has created. When God created mankind, He declared His creation “good.” God’s “good” is so far beyond our concept of good there is no comparison. This is an expression of His love.

Even more directly, we have what is probably the most famous if not best know verse of the New Testament, John 3:16 (KJV):

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

These words never cease to astound me. God loves the world, each of us… one at a time. He loves us whether we love Him back or not. All are worthy of His love, not because of anything other than that He has chosen to love us. And it is not only the righteous that receive His love… even the worst sinner, the most evil, still have God’s love. But no one exercises “tough love” better than God when that tough love is needed.

And He loves us so much that He sacrificed His own son, Christ Jesus, so that we might come to live with Him.

The entire New Testament bears witness to this love. But it is really as simple as truly accepting the two bits of scripture referenced above.

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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4 Responses to Questions From Bible Study: How do I know God loves me?

  1. God love me
    The Almighty God of the universe, caring for us, watching over us, and working things out for our good, how can we ask for anything more.. 😉

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  3. mtsweat says:

    Greater love has no one than this… that He would lay down His life for His. Thanks, Art. Great words and truth. Our God has demonstrated His love for us.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    We are made so we know whether there is love or not … in His image.
    There is a void when there is no love. There is a response when there is love.
    He made us that way. He gave us choice to accept or reject with consequence. That is how BIG He is. We know His choice because He offered it. We do not act in His image when we reject it to our own destiny.

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