God of Love
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
[1 John 4:16]
Ancient pagans spent much time trying to meet their gods’ demands and beg them for blessings. Sacrifices—even human sacrifices—were a central part of their efforts. Pagan peoples approached their gods the same way they approached other people because they created the gods (idols) in their own image. Because human beings can be unpredictable and vengeful, so the gods they created were the same. The character of the gods reflected the character of those who made them.
But the God of the Bible is different. He created mankind in His image, not vice versa. God’s character has been eternally the same, a character summed up in one word: Love. The Bible says “God is love,” and there is nothing that can separate us from His love as revealed through Christ. Everything God does is based on His character of perfect love. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love or favor. We are loved because He created us in His image to be loved by Him.
Don’t doubt God’s love for you today. Wherever you are in life, know that you are loved by the God who is love.
God’s love is not drawn out by our lovableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~