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How Do We Know God Loves Us?

Jul 16, 2018 |

The seeds of doubt were planted in the Garden of Eden. The serpent began his temptation of Eve with four devastating words: Has God indeed said …? He spoke the words with one purpose in mind: to separate us from God’s love. The words triggered feelings of uncertainty and confusion in Eve.

They continue to wreak havoc on her descendants.

If you struggle with doubts or questions about God’s love, you owe it to yourself to investigate the following passages of Scripture. Find out for yourself what God has indeed said.

John 3:16

There’s a reason this verse is one of the best-known passages in the entire Bible. Drawn from a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, the verse summarizes the relationship between God and His human creation in a single sentence.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The only hope for humanity is Jesus. In order for us to live forever, Jesus had to die. God sacrificed what was most precious to Him so that we could experience eternal life.

Romans 5:8

The apostle Paul plumbs the depths of God’s love by reminding us why God sent His Son to die for us.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God had a perfect plan in place for the human race. Yet He created us with a will of our own and the freedom to accept or reject Him. We rejected Him. The consequences were death and eternal separation from Him. Our only hope was for the One we rejected to provide a means of salvation for us—at an unimaginable cost to Himself.

Romans 8:38-39

God’s love isn’t an emotion or feeling. It doesn’t ebb and flow. It isn’t subject to whims, moods or fickle changes of heart like human love is.

God’s love might better be described as an invisible, powerful force—the spiritual equivalent of gravity or a magnetic field. The apostle Paul testifies to its power by offering a list of things that are powerless to separate us from it. Death can’t separate us from God’s love—and neither can life. Angels, principalities and powers are no match for it. Neither is anything in the present or anything in the future. Height, depth and any other created thing round out Paul’s brief list. But it’s really just a beginning.

The passage practically invites readers to add our own weaknesses, stumbling blocks and struggles to the list:

  • cancer
  • depression
  • guilt
  • loneliness
  • fear
  • divorce
  • shame
  • success
  • failure

Every one of those things can wreak havoc on our lives. Not one of them can separate us from God’s love. You name it, it can’t diminish God’s love for us.

1 John 4:7-11

God’s love is the gift that keeps on giving. The way it works is this. We receive it from Him. Sometimes it comes crashing unmistakably into our lives when we expect it least, but need it most. Sometimes other people intervene to help us recognize it. Whatever the circumstances, we experience God’s grace, mercy, compassion and care for ourselves. And it transforms us, in big ways and small. Among other things, it expands our capacity for loving others. The same sense of gratitude and joy that caused others to intervene in our lives compels us to pass it on to others. The love of God makes it possible for us to love others; we love because God first loved us.

16 comments on “How Do We Know God Loves Us?

  1. Daniel C Romero says:

    I had to listen to music all day just so I could stay calm. After reading this at 4:12 in the morning I stand in silence completely at peace. I may not know what tomorrow may bring but I’m hopeful and more then ready. I kind of feel my faith but then again I’m not really sure. But i am not feeling uncertain. More like feeling thankful that I’m able to just be here.

  2. Angela L says:

    This reaffirmed my belief in God’s love for me. I have been looking for jobs but in vain. I wonder about God’s love or even if God has forgotten about me. Now I know His plan for me and His plan and timing are perfect.

  3. Dupsy says:

    It encourages me to keep on believing that if GOD can give His Son to save me, what can He not do for me. Divine Complete Permanent Healing for my cancer, husband, provision of an Engineering Job for my son are all handed over to Him. Thank You LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for everything and thanks to you people for touching my life.

  4. lorenzo white says:

    My daughter in law is going thru a divorce and struggles with depression, anxiety and fear of being alone. I have tried to encourage her to be reminded that she was chosen by God and he does not give us these spirits of despair. This too shall pass according to his word. He is moving her from one place to the next . He is the vine and we are the fruit. God purges or cuts us back so we may bear more fruit.

  5. Billy Yount says:

    What a friend we have in Jesus! Thank God for his love and amazing grace!

  6. Tegan Grace says:

    Sometimes it is those basic early teachings we actually need to have fresh revelation of. We are first drawn to God through His love but often try to stay in His presence through earning what has been freely given. No wonder Jesus said the children got it right! They don’t question what we do. At times we just have to go back to school and remember the basic but in a deeper more profound way. And try to unlearn what the world has taught us ‘love’ is.

  7. Carl R. "Brad" Bradley says:

    Beautiful post about the love of God. I doubt that anyone will really understand the love of God until eternity—and people tend to make it so difficult to understand.

  8. Margaret E Jones says:

    I am reminded of the matchless love of Jesus. Thank you for sharing God’s Word. It is so important and extremely necessary to hide his Word in our hearts. His Word is a strong tower. It protects me and keeps me from falling. I need to meditate and memorize his Word. It is life changing!

  9. Johnetta says:

    Because you won’t have to question it!

  10. LaVerne R. Hudson says:

    I have found that love shows brightest in the most dismal, dark and difficult situations. It was therefore brightest when Jesus was crucified on Calvary’s cross for my sins. When all that has transpired in my life with the purpose to bruise and crush my spirit, attempting to dismantle my hope and force my faith to forget the love and goodness of our Lord, it is then, in that turbulent trial, that I find His love has the richest affect in my conduct and character. Goodness and mercy follow me daily so that His love can be seen through my brokenness and shout against any doubt or fears, “IT’S A LIE!” Because the truth is GOD IS LOVE!! He won the victory over all that ails us. JESUS rose from the dead with ALL POWER and is forever alive! He who suffered and was sacrificed for my life, lives! Our Lord Jesus handles the worst of the enemy against our lives. In His love He gave His best to deal with the worst in and against me to make me better in Him! All to His glory alone!! THANK YOU LORD!!!

  11. Hassan Matthews says:

    It is a tremendous blessing and reassurance when we are given that confidence that the situations and circumstances in life will come, but they will not be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. My dear sister, continue to encourage your sister-in-law. Every branch in us that does not bear fruit, our Lord takes it away so that we become more productive. Continue to go through the printing stages and leave off the weight, the excess trimming that would affect proper growth and productive. God is good , He is faithful to all He has promised. Let us trust Him to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we may ask or even think. Have a blessed day.

  12. Adetula Omolola says:

    It is so wonderful that God who created the heavens and the earth will love us so much that nothing can come between us and His love for us, knowing the weakness of man. The sweetness of His promise lights up our spirit. Blessed and grateful for His amazing love.

    1. Don says:

      I am amazed by God’s love too.

  13. Grace says:

    What a wonderful post to read at the time when I was my lowest. I just broke off from a toxic relationship where I had wondered farther and farther away from God and lost almost all hope in Him;I could not study the word, worship or do anything, just forced my way to fellowships. I knew I had sinned against God but little did I know that He loves me and still wanted me back home. I am so glad to know that His love is unconditional and nothing can ever separate me from Him. Shalom.

  14. JamaL says:

    The fact there is absolutely NOTHING….that can tarnish His love, this is what baffles me…leaving a quiet awe in its wake.

    Aaaaaaannnd, thankfully, I’m head over heels in love with him.

    #awesome

  15. Andrew Thabo Mmatli says:

    I now experience Agape that I’ll share with my Fellowmen through Philos

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