“Jesus loves you” is probably one of those things that you’ve heard over and over again, but rarely do we accept it or truly believe it.
You might be thinking, “Eh, I kinda believe it”. Or maybe even, “I’d like to believe it but I’m just not sure”.
I mean, how do I know God loves me personally?
I get it. It’s hard for us to accept a God who loves us unconditionally.
It’s hard because we’ve never truly experienced the unconditional love of God in another human being. The love that we experience between each other is tainted to say the least.
We struggle to give love unconditionally because in our sinful nature we always fall short in loving each other the way God loves us. Since we have never truly experienced what unconditional love is, we struggle to believe in a God who could possibly love us unconditionally.
But you are loved by God!
Not because of anything you have done to earn or deserve His love, but simply because love is who God is.
So, how can you know God loves you? I’ll give you three reasons.
1. God is Love
God loves us because God Himself is love.
I’m going to repeat it one more time just because I think it’s easy to overlook, God doesn’t just love us, God Himself is love.
The below verse explains this beautifully:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:7-8 (ESV)
The more you get to know God, the more you realize His incomprehensible love for us. God loves you simply because it’s who He is. I am loved by God simply because it’s who I am.
It’s because of who God is (i.e. love) that makes me who I am (i.e. loved).
One of the most important birthrights given to you is you were born loved. Stick with me here because if understood properly this alone could transform how you view yourself and the world – not even joking.
You are, and always have been, deeply loved by God.
It would be impossible for a being who is Himself the very essence and eternal source of love to not love His own creation, especially the ones who are made in His image and His own likeness, ie you and me.
There are certain qualities about you that are irrevocable simply because of who you are, a human being made in the image of God. You didn’t have to do anything to deserve these privileges, you were simply born with them.
Psychology Today says all human beings have an intense desire to be loved and nurtured, and that the need to be loved is considered one of our most basic and fundamental needs.
Why do you think love is our basic and fundament need? It’s because we are made in the image of God who Himself is love.
Think about it, when you feel deeply and securely loved, it flows out of you and affects every aspect of your life. It makes you more confident, positive, self-assured, and ultimately capable of giving and receiving love in a healthy manner.
But the opposite is also true. Believing the lie that you are not loved, is deadly.
It makes you insecure, unsure of who you are, closed off, ashamed, and uncapable of giving and receiving love in a healthy manner.
We are wired to be loved because we are made in the image of God who is love.
Which leads me to point number 2.
2. You are Made in the Image of God
Have you ever looked in the mirror and told yourself that you are average, inadequate, or not enough? If so, then you’re not seeing yourself the way God sees you.
You are not seeing yourself as a result of God’s divine creation.
When God made you, He made you in His image.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
Not only are you made in God image, but you are made fearfully and wonderfully.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
The word “wonderfully” is the Hebrew word “pala”, which means to be separate, distinguished, or unique. So, it basically means God made you special!
You are the only you that God has ever created. There’s seven billion people on the planet, but there is no one else with your fingerprint, or with your retina scan.
You are unique.
You are an original design.
Diamonds are expensive because they are rare. But you’re not rare, you’re the only one that exists. Or will ever exist!!
Ephesians even goes so far as to say:
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
The Bible says God thinks about you (Psalm 139:17-18), that you are valuable to Him (Matthew 6:26), and that He has such an interest in little ole’ you that even the hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:30).
So, I ask you, does this sound like a God that doesn’t care about you? A God that doesn’t love you? He loves you beyond imagine!
You aren’t random, you aren’t an accident. You are the product of a creator who loving made you in His image after His likeness as His masterpiece. His unique and special design.
3. Christ Died for You
Now here’s the real kicker – the finale if you will to this whole post; you can rest assured that God loves you because Christ died for you.
Now before you say, “yeah, yeah, I already knew that”, let me explain.
Before we were even born and did anything good or bad, God loved us. And now, despite every sin you have made, God still loves you. Even in our sinful nature, God loves us, because God is love.
Romans 5:8 says:
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
When we feel unworthy of His love, we must remember that the love of God has nothing to do with whether we deserve it or not.
God loves us not because of any works we have done, but simply because of who we are.
We see the same dynamic in God’s love towards Jesus in Chapter 3 of the Book of Matthew. So far in Jesus’ life, He hadn’t performed a single miracle.
Jesus hadn’t done a single thing to earn praise from God or to fulfill God’s mission for His life which was dying for the sins of the world.
Yet, God calls Jesus is His dearly loved Son, who brings Him great joy.
“After His baptism, as Jesus came out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.’”
Matthew 3:16-17 (NLT)
Even though Jesus hadn’t done anything to deserve God’s love, God loved Him.
Likewise, we don’t do anything to deserve God’s love. God simply loves us.
In fact, Christ’s sacrifice for us had nothing to do with our love for Him, and everything to do with God’s love for us.
1 John says:
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:9-10 (ESV)
Jesus laid down His life for us because He loved us. We didn’t deserve it, yet Christ died for us.
In fact, Jesus even said:
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 (NLT)
He said this because He was about to go to the cross and lay down His life for the entire world. He did this because He loves us.
One of the most famous verses in the Bible is John 3:16:
“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.”
John 3:16 (NIV)
We can know without a shadow of a doubt that God loves us because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.
Do you struggle to believe God loves you personally? I’d love to know in the comments below!