God’s Love, Part One

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Two weeks ago, I wrote about God showing me what expression He has on His face when He looks at me while I’m worshiping Him–an expression of joy. That God would deign to look at me, a tainted being, with any expression of pleasure is beyond me. I was talking to Greg about this on our way home from church one Sunday. If you didn’t know, Greg is a philosopher. When he did the Myers-Briggs test, you can bet he came out as a thinker instead of a feeler. Greg liked what I had to say, but he wanted to explore the verses in the Bible that would help people believe more strongly that God truly loves them. He wanted them to have reasonable proof, not simply an introspective story.

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Today I reread the story of the seven blind men who encountered an elephant. Each one described the elephant a different way depending on which part of the huge animal he felt. God’s love is multi-faceted, as well. If we have only experienced one aspect of His love, we don’t know the whole of it. So let’s dive in and start to find out the many ways that God loves us; let’s find some proof in Scripture! You may already know all of these, but I hope you’ll stop to really dwell on each of these ways today.

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God loves us as an artist loves his artwork.
Isaiah 64:8: “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”

Have you ever created something, of which you were proud? If you ever felt that it was time to dispose of that work, was it hard to do? This is a low level of love, but there is a certain kind of attachment that an artist has for his handiwork. I wrote more about this here.

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God loves His people as a mother hen loves her chicks.
Matthew 23:37: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”

God’s love is protecting and nurturing, even when the object of His love rejects Him. Also, can you hear the note of longing in His voice? Even when they are doing wrong, He longs to show them love. His love has emotion behind it. I go into more depth about this here.

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God loves us as a shepherd loves His sheep.
John 10:11: Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” and in John 10:14, He said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me”.

A good shepherd takes care of his flock so well, he is willing to die for them. He knows each one that belongs to him–each one is important. He is willing to search far to find one who has wandered away from him. God loves us with this kind of love. Here is more about God as a shepherd.

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God loves us as a mother loves her child.
Isaiah 66:13: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Just as a mother shows her love for her children by comforting her children when they are crying, God comforts us with great compassion and tender love.
Isaiah 49:15: “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”
In fact, God loves us more than a mother can love her child–we have heard of mothers who have abandoned their children, but God never will. For more a more in-depth treatment of this topic, go here.

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God loves us as a father loves his child.
John 20:17: “Jesus said to her, ‘Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’'”

In the Old Testament, God is often described as “the God of your father.” In the New Testament, He is more often described as our Father, if we accept Him as such. In the passage above, Jesus tells us that His Father is also our Father. How much does a natural father love his children? How much more would a good and perfect Father love His? I talk about this more here.

Next week, I’ll add more to this list of ways God loves us. God loves us more than we can imagine!

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