Many times in my life I have felt unloved. Often this feeling would stem from wondering if I was loved. Do my parents REALLY love me? Would my friends care about me if they new the real me? Is it possible that my spouse can love me despite all of my flaws? Can God REALLY TRULY love someone so steeped in sin, such a wretch as myself?
Many of our fears about God’s wrath and much of our drive to “not offend” him come out of this nagging question in our minds about the love of God for us. Do you know that God loves you? Do you feel that right now he is absolutly head over heels, madly, wildly in love with you? Do you realize that there is nothing you can do to ever make him love you more or less than he does at this very moment? Or, are you driven by your fear and guilt to serve him as an unloved slave rather than an adoring child?
If I were to hasten a guess I would say most of us struggle to feel loved by God. We have been conditioned to believe he is an ever present eye glaring at us from heaven, tracking our every move, looking for a reason to smite us and send us to Hell. But that is not the God we a read about in the Bible, nor is that image of God that Christ gave us when he became flesh and walked among us. Yes, God is watching, but he is watching because he is a love sick, adoring parent who can’t break his gaze from the object of his affection. God loves you. Even you. In all your sin and mess, He loves you. In all your ugliness and beauty, He loves you. In all your struggle and triumph, He loves you. Truly, deeply, passionately, HE LOVES YOU.