Does the Eternal God really love us so much that He would stoop to live in this world as a man and give His life for the whole lot of us? I know, to our finite mind it’s inconceivable, yet He did! (a) [See end notes for all Scriptures] Why would God love us that much (b)?
When we consider our beginnings, we can see why He cares. As God infused a portion of His Spirit into the first created Adam (c), it gave him life and insured every offspring would also be made alive by this deposit of God’s Spirit. The ‘spirit of life’ in each person is a portion of God Himself that sustains our existence (d).
Each of us are born into this life as offspring, little “images and likenesses of God,” extensions that reflect and resemble our heavenly Parent (e). The deposit of God’s Spirit connects each person to God and enables us to sense He is real. Even more, as we experience His love, it stirs an inner desire to know and interact with Him as children who trust His guidance.
A deposit of God’s Spirit in every person connects us to God and enables us to sense His love is real.
God’s Love Verified in Jesus
To help us better understand God’s desire to be an intimate part of our life, His spoken expression came into the earth and lived as Jesus Christ(f). The sacrificial life and death of Jesus revealed the undying love God has for each of us (g). At the end of the physical demonstration, God returned to us as a presence of Spirit, to lead and guide each of us into an ongoing experience of more abundant life.
Jesus showed us how we are intended to live in this world as ‘children of God and man’ – natural and spiritual beings. He was the most exact human “reflective resemblance” of God’s character, attitude and personality (CAP). As our example, Jesus reflected and resembled God’s attitude and outlook while living a natural life. He prayed and listened to what God was saying, observed what God was doing, and followed his Father’s guidance (h).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way to truthfully live. No one knows God as Father until they approach Him as a child” (John 14:6). [Relational Gospel version]
When we accept God as our Father and Jesus as our example (i), we experience the truthful way to live. Like Jesus, we can discern what God is saying and observe what He is doing. This is how we become “conformed to the image of Jesus,” (j) experience abundant life, and become better reflective resemblances of God’s heart (k).
God’s spoken expression living on earth as Jesus verified God’s undying love for us.
Just how much does God care for us and our well-being? Well, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten (uniquely formed) Son, (l) to illustrate His everlasting love. God’s love is not like our love which comes and goes. God is so full of loving-kindness and forgiving mercy that He has no desire to leave any of us in our error. Yes, God is the savior of all men, especially of believers (m). Consider also this passage:
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?…For…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor…any…created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35, 38-39).
Who or what can separate us from God’s deep love for us? Absolutely nothing! While there are times when we don’t hear clearly, ignore, or refuse God’s instruction and separate ourselves from Him, His love for us remains steadfast (n) and unfailing (o). God’s love for us is so vast and so complete, it appears to be unsearchable (p).
Absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s vast and complete love.
Heavenly Father’s Loving Care
Yes, all creation is under God’s love. Let’s never forget that He is our heavenly Father. As the creator of fatherhood, He is better than the best earthly father and His love is unfailing. Scripture describes God’s love and care for us in countless ways. One of my favorites is: “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you” (q).
God’s loving care for each of us is unending! His promises in Scripture are not merely truthful concepts to learn and follow. Rather they speak encouragement of His never-ending love and care for us personally, before, during, and after our earthly life. Rest assured; nothing is more certain than God’s love. May our approach toward Him always be as adoring children!
Nothing is more certain than our heavenly Father’s unfailing love!
a) 1 John 4:8-9; John 3:16; b) Ephesians 3:19; c) Genesis 2:7; d) 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; e) Genesis 1:26; Colossians 1:15; Acts 17:22-29; f) John 1:1, 14; g) 1 Peter 1:18-20; Hebrews 9:26; h) John 5:19; John 8:26, 40; 12:49 John 5:19; John 8:26, 40; 12:49); i) John 8:19; j) Romans 8:29) k) John 13:15; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; l) 1 John 4:7-10; John 3:16; m) 1 Timothy 4:10; n) 2 Thessalonians 3:5; o) Romans 8:38-39; p) Romans 11:32-34; q) Isaiah 48:15