Does God love you?



 

God loves you, yes you!

God loves you, no matter who you are or what you have done. Regardless of what may have happened to you to make you think otherwise, God cares about you more than you can imagine. How do I know? More importantly, how can you know?
In this article I want to show you how I know and how you can know. I want to show you how you can experience God’s love for yourself in a real and powerful way.
But first let’s take a look at how much God loves you. Imagine the most love that you have ever felt from anyone, remove any selfish motivation whatsoever from it and multiply it a million times and you might be starting to get some idea how much God loves you. God thinks about you constantly and even knows how many hairs you have on your head. So how do I know it?

How do I know that God loves you?

Let’s take a look at what God has done to prove his love for us. I’ll start with the ultimate proof of God’s love. The Bible tells us that ‘…God so loved the world that he gave his only Son …’. John 3:16 (NLT) When Jesus died on the cross, it was for you and he would have died for you if you were the only person in the world. If you have not seen the movie ‘The Passion of The Christ’ then I recommend that you do. While you watch it, try to remember that it was all about God’s love for you. Every lash of the whip, every punch and every moment of pain was taken on your behalf. Ignoring everything else that Jesus has ever done for you, he has still done more for you than anyone else ever could when he died on your behalf. Sure someone else could die for you but there is more to Jesus’ death than the physical side. When he died he suffered spiritually, that spiritual suffering was so severe that Jesus was taking the punishment for every bad thing that has ever been done by anyone for all time, (past, present or future!) God shows his love to us in many ways. We tend to take a lot of things for granted. The air we breathe, the clothes we wear and the food we eat. God provides all those things because of his love for us. Every good thing you own and have ever owned was a gift from God. Each day that we live is a gift from God. God’s desire is for you to be with him in an wonderful place called heaven where he wants to bless you for all eternity.
So, do I expect you to believe everything I’ve written just because I wrote it or because it is written in the Bible? I realise that it can take time to accept these things. It is my prayer that God will not only use this article to reveal his love to you but that he will continue to draw himself to you in the various situations that you find yourself in. Let me explain how God made his love real to me.

How God convinced me that he loves me.

I took some convincing myself, it took a series of supernatural events to convince me. I needed to accept God’s love not just as an intellectual exercise alone but as a ‘revelation’, something that I knew in my heart. I needed to know that God loves me just as I am, even when I fail to do the right thing. Of coarse that does not mean that it is ok for me to do anything at all, what it does mean is that God’s love is unconditional. He loves you and me regardless of what we have done. He sent Jesus to die for us so that we can be completely forgiven when we don’t do the right thing. God hates the bad things that we do but he can look at us without seeing the bad things that we have done. He can see each of us individually as someone that he has created. In fact because of Jesus death on the cross, when the Father looks at us, he looks at us with the same love that he has for Jesus. One of the reasons he hates the bad things that we do is because of the harmful effects these things can have on our lives. God hates sin and loves the sinner like we hate cancer but love the patient. Cancer has to be removed and so does sin.
I gradually came to accept God’s love at an intellectual level by reading the Bible and listening to Christians talking about God’s love for us. But once I could accept God’s love intellectually, I almost became immune to all the often-repeated sayings that I heard in church. I needed God to make his love real in my heart and he started to do that when I was going through the hardest time I had faced since I became a Christian. I had stopped going to church regularly at the time but someone who did not know me apart from hearing my name mentioned at a prayer meeting started ringing me up. He would ring up and tell me (over and over) that ‘God loved me with an everlasting love'. He also talked about things I had been doing while I was drifting away from God. Either God was revealing these things to him or he was following me around, (I don’t know about you but I’m sure he had better things to do). If that was not enough he also talked about things I often thought about, things I have never told anyone. After a while I started going back to Church and one night during a sermon, a pastor started talking about someone (definitely someone other than myself) who had been talked to by the same person who was phoning me. Apparently he was also telling someone else over and over again that God loved him. The church I go to has thousands of members and that pastor did not know my name. The pastor did not want to identify the person who he was talking about so he said he would use the name ‘Les’ instead. He could have chosen a common name like Steven, Peter or John etc, but he chose the name Les and my name is Les. So I knew God was speaking to me when I heard the pastor (quoting the person who used to phone me). ‘Les, God loves you with an everlasting love’. So I came to accept that God loves me in a way that goes beyond mere words. God did not do that just for my benefit alone, he loves you as well and he want’s you to know it. God loves you just as much as he loves me. The Bible tells us that ‘God has no favourites’. You might think it is just pure chance that you are reading this article but it’s no accident. God want’s you to know that he really does love you and he cares about your life and everything that you are going through. He wants you to know that he is a kind God. His kindness goes beyond our ability to comprehend and he wants to reveal that kindness to you.

Can God love someone like you?

If you are thinking that I’m obviously talking to someone else because God could not possibly love you because you have sinned too much and you are basically a person that not even God could love then think again. Romans 5:8 says ‘But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.’ (NLT) God does not wait until we are perfect before he decides to love us.
God forgave Paul. Before Paul became a Christian he hated Christians and persecuted them, he approved of the execution of a Christian named Stephen. No matter how bad your life has been God can forgive you.
If you have been reading this article and you have any desire at all to know God then it is because God is drawing you to himself. God would not draw people to himself that he does not love. 2 Peter 3:9 says
   He does not want anyone to perish …
That means that God does not want anyone -that includes you- to be separated from him for all eternity.

How can you know God’s love?

God loves you whether you feel it or not. But to know God’s love in a powerful way, then there are some important things you need to do. Ask him to make himself real to you and to reveal his love to you and ask God to come into your heart and forgive you.

If you are not a Christian and would like to become one or you have more questions then I would like to encourage you to visit the following website.

hereslife.com

This is a great website where you can have questions answered, be prayed for and be taught more about what it means to be a Christian.

Kind regards
Les.