Do you believe that God loves you?
I mean really, really loves you?
Not just in a generic, we are the world, God loves everybody, kind of way.
But in an intense, deeply personal, you’re my child, kind of way.
My goal is to convince you, to persuade you beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you with a love so profound it’s beyond your comprehension.
Because when you believe that God loves you, it changes everything.
1. God Loves You Because He Created You
Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
You are not an accident. God himself created you, fearfully and wonderfully crafting every facet of your being. Every fiber of your DNA is the result of God’s master craftsmanship, and because he created you, God loves you.
Have you ever created something and been absolutely thrilled with the results? That’s how God feels about you. He created you in his image. When he looks at you, he sees something of himself, and it fills him with joy.
After God created Adam, God looked at him and said, “Very good.” God says the same thing when he looks at you. You are his creation and he looks on you with great joy.
The very fact that God created you is proof that he loves you.
2. God Loves You And He Died For You
What is the greatest way you can prove you love someone? By sacrificing for them. And what is the greatest sacrifice a person can make for another? Giving up his life for them.
Which is exactly what God did for you.
As Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Do you want unshakeable, unmistakable, unbreakable proof that God loves you? Look no further than Jesus dying for you on the cross. On that bloody, splintered cross, God himself died for you.
God. Died. For. You.
Ponder the enormity of those words. The Immortal One submitted to death. The Giver of Life allowed himself to be swallowed by darkness. The King of Kings was humiliated.
For you. Because God loves you more than you could possibly imagine. Because God’s love for you is so extravagant that he was willing to sacrifice his son to save you.
Tim Keller puts it like this:
The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.
Do you believe that God loves you so much that Jesus was glad to die for you?
I John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us…”
Jesus willingly went to the cross for you. Why? Because God loves you so very, very much.
3. God Loves You Because He Adopted You
If the only thing God gave you was the forgiveness of sins, it would be proof enough that God loves you. But he’s gone so much gloriously further than that. God has also adopted you as his own beloved child.
Ephesians 1:4-5 puts it this way, “In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”
I have friends who adopted two children from Uganda. It cost them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to make the adoption happen. Why did they go to such effort? Because they deeply love those two children.
Adoption is always an act of staggering love.
God wasn’t content to simply forgive you. God loves you with such an intense affection that he wouldn’t rest until he brought you into his family. Now you are a child of God, and as God’s child, he loves to pour out blessing after blessing on you.
Just like I love to give gifts to my children, so God takes deep pleasure in blessing you.
Because you are a child of God.
J.I. Packer puts it this way:
You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.
What do you make of the reality that God is truly and really your Father? It should absolutely change the way you live. Being adopted by God changes everything. It is unmistakable proof that God deeply loves you.
4. God Loves You And He Is Praying For You
Who do you pray for most? It’s the people you deeply love, right? You pray for your children, your spouse, your parents, your close friends. You want God to do good to them and so you passionately intercede on their behalf.
Did you know that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying to the Father for you? That’s how much God loves you? Jesus and the Spirit are c0nstantly asking the Father to do good to you and the Father takes great joy in answering their prayers.
Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
There are times when you’re weak, weary, and don’t even know what to pray. But the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for you. When your prayers are nothing more than groans, the Spirit pleads with the Father to give you exactly what you need, and the Father joyfully responds.
Why does the Holy Spirit pray for you? Because God loves you.
Romans 8:34 says, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
Just as the Holy Spirit prays for you, so Jesus also intercedes on your behalf. He prays that God would deliver you from the condemning accusations of Satan. He prays that God would keep you from evil. Just like Jesus prayed for his disciples, so Jesus is constantly praying for you.
Doesn’t that encourage you and warm your heart with affection for God?
Why does Jesus pray for you? Because God loves you with an unfathomable love.
5. God Loves You And Is Faithful To You
How many times has God been faithful to you throughout your life? How many prayers has he answered? How many times has he protected you or kept you from making a stupid decision? How many times has he strengthened you when you were weak?
Thousands upon thousands.
Why? Because God is faithful to those he loves, and God loves you deeply.
Psalm 86:5 says, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”
God’s love for you is steadfast. It’s a faithful, unshakable, immovable love. God was faithful to save you and he will continue to be faithful as he makes you into the image of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
This verse describes the profound depths of God’s faithful love toward you. He began a good work in you and you can be absolutely sure that he will also finish it.
Would God be faithful to you if he didn’t love you? Absolutely not. God is faithful to you because God loves you.
The Ocean of God’s Love
Charles Spurgeon said it like this:
If a man could know that he was loved by all his fellowmen, if he could have it for certain that he was loved by all the angels, yet these were but so many drops, and all put together could not compare with the main ocean contained in the fact that “God loved us.”
Are you convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you? I hope you are.
When you know that God loves you, it frees you to follow him with joy and gladness. It allows you to throw off the chains of legalism and run hard after God, knowing that you’re his beloved child.
Don’t doubt God’s love any longer. Take to heart the glorious words of 1 John 3:1:
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.