Is God Love? And Does God Love ………………………………………………… me?
Out of the 150 Psalms that are in the Bible 67 of them are lament Psalms. Lament insinuates a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. I thoroughly believe that God prepared the Psalms in this manner because He knew that we would all be in hard places from time to time. What a wonderful God we have! Can you imagine a God whom we call LOVE but didn’t actually love us in the purest sense of the word? Think about the following verses okay?
1 John 4:16 – And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:8 – He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Ephesians 2:4 – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
I understand that it can be super complex to a complete understanding of God’s love for us – especially in times of great duress. For these types of situations, I have found that the following verses really speak to my heart.
Hebrews 12: 6 (the whole chapter is quite encouraging!)
The Lord of heaven and earth LOVES US!!! Jesus also went through the “dark night of the soul.” He completed His terraqueous profession because of HIS LOVE FOR US!
1 John 4:10 This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Knowing that God is LOVE, and that He is the PURE LOVE. and also that He LOVES YOU and ME, can be like palm for a wounded soul. On the other hand it can also cause turbulence from deep inside – especially when the ones we genuinely care about do hurtful things to our own hearts, or abuse us in ways that seem unfair and utterly wrong. How can God love us and still allow these things to transpire? I have witnessed many intellectual theological discussions concerning this question alone. In trying to find this type of answer, I came across a fantastic article entitled “Why Does God Allow Tragedy” written by Lee Strobel, and delivered to an audience on July 25, 2012.
The link to this article is: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2012/07/why-does-god-allow-tragedy-and-suffering/
In short, let me say this. When God created the world, he did so in all perfectness. After He saw what He himself had made, He identified that it was very good! (Gen 1:31) God made the world in a flawless and impeccable manner. It was when the decision was made by men to deviate from His perfect plan that sorrow came upon this beautiful creation. God doesn’t want a bunch of robots to worship Him. Can you imagine? If we all went about doing whatever we were compelled to do, instead of what we wanted to do, where would God, and where would we, find pure and true love and joy? Think of it this way. When a close friend of yours calls you up and says they have missed you, and want to hang out with you sometime soon – does this swell in your heart a bit, and bring you some joy and help you have a sense of belonging, and of being wanted? Compare that to a telemarketer phone call. These individuals are on the clock. They get paid to call you, and ask you questions. They may ask for a few minutes of your time, but honestly, do they appear passionate about talking to YOU! And vice versa – do you likewise feel dedicated to speaking with them, knowing that they are doing it because they gotta, and not cuz they wanna? In this manner, God wants us to come to Him because it is our choice, and not because He is making us. In this, He teaches us about true joy! It is all about a personal choice. In this manner, and by virtue of God’s wisdom and grace – all of us are given the freedom to choose.
Having choice available to us means that we can opt for good or evil. In John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God knew that we would be hurt by others, and also that we would hurt others.
Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
Not a single person is without sin. We have all been hurt, and hurt others. Because none of us are perfect on our own. We are flawed, and because of this, we NEED a God who isn’t.
Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
If that isn’t pure love, then what is? Having a Father who loves us, in an irreproachable manner – who will not let us go, as long as we do not let Him go, Can be, (if you accept it) and IS, (to those who already have) the most surprisingly brilliant thing ever to have been found among the children of men since the dawn of Creation.
God is not dead!
God is absolute LOVE
and God LOVES………………………………………………………….. You!