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Understanding God’s Love

God’s love for you is amazing. It is deeper than you can imagine.

Doug Britton, MFT

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Summary: God is not impersonal. He loves you. (God showed us his love by making the supreme sacrifice.) He also is holy and judges sin.

Part 3 of a 4-part series on “Who is God?”

Part 1      Part 2      Part 4

God loves you

Throughout the Bible, we read about God’s love for us. For example, in one well-known passage we read, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). I especially love this verse because it says why we can cast our anxiety on God—because he cares for us.

Imagine that! Whether or not your parents, spouse, or anyone else loves you, God, the creator of everything that exists, loves you deeply. Let’s look at some more verses that talk about his love:

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26)

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Related: Online Bible study on how God’s love for you

Make it personal

1. Do you sometimes have trouble believing that God loves you? Why (or why not)?

2. As you go through the day, do you think about God’s love? If not, how can you remind yourself to do so more often?

3. Why can we cast our anxiety on God?

4. Which one of the previous Scriptures speaks to you the most? Why?

5. Psalm 136:26 says to give thanks for God’s love. Take a minute to thank God for his love.

God showed us his love by making the supreme sacrifice

When Christ—motivated by love—died to take our sins upon himself, he made the supreme sacrifice. There’s no way we can fully understand what he suffered when he took our sins upon himself and was separated from God at the moment of his death, but we can be sure it was much more than the physical pain of being tortured and crucified.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)

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)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9)

God is not impersonal

God does not stand back and impersonally watch us go through life. He loves us and wants to have a close relationship with us. Here are more verses that show his passionate love for us:

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. (Psalm 48:9)

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

What do you think?

6. What do these Scriptures tell us about God?

7. According to Psalm 48:9, we should meditate on God’s unfailing love. What does it mean to meditate on his love?

8. What types of plans does God have for us according to Jeremiah 29:11? How can this encourage us?

God judges sin

As you read the Bible, it becomes very clear that God judges—and punishes—sin. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments we are warned not to sin (and not to tempt others to sin). Read, for example, Peter’s warning in this passage:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

The hard truth is that everyone has sinned many times in thought, word, and deed. But this doesn’t mean we all are doomed. God sacrificed his son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment we deserve upon himself. Forgiveness is available when we are reconciled with God.

Memory verse

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26)

Make it personal

1. According to 1 Peter 5:7, what is the reason we can cast our anxiety on God?

2. What are two verses about God’s love that encourage you the most? How do they  encourage you?

3. What does it mean to meditate on God’s love?

4. Do you meditate on God’s love?

a. Why or why not?

b. If you answered “yes,” when do you do it?

5. Why does God get jealous?

6. Is it important to God that we try to live holy lives? Explain your reasons for answering the way you did.

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About Doug Britton, MFT

Doug Britton, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist, has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio cohost, and author of over twenty books that show how to apply God's truths in your daily life. (Visit www.dougbrittonbooks.com.)

Copyright © 2020 Doug Britton. Permission granted to print for personal use. (Scripture verses are from the New International Version, copyright © 1984.) See reprint policy.

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