How do you know that God loves you?
We said that knowing He loves us is serious, not just in our heads, but in our daily experience of life. We ought to know that God loves us “experientially” so that the security of His love is always there regardless of what happens to us circumstantially, emotionally or physically.
We also need His love’s certainty to move forward on our Christian journey. Not knowing whether or not He loves us will hinder our ability to surrender our wills and lives to Him moment by moment and love others as He pleases.
Here are the proof of the never-ending God’s love for us (and some verses that accompany each proof):
- God loves us since He created us. We are not created by accident. We were created by God himself, crafting every facet of our being with fear and wonder. Each filament of our DNA is the result of the master craftsmanship of God, and God loves us because He created us.
Have you tried creating something and been totally pleased with the results? That is how God feels about us. He created us in His image. He sees something of Himself when he looks at us, and it fills him with joy.
God looked at Adam after He created him and said, “Very good.” When God looks at us, God says the same thing. We are His creation, and with great joy He looks at us. The very fact that we were created by God proves He loves us so much.
Psalm 139:13-14 – For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
2. God loves us and He died for us. The greatest way we can prove we love someone is by sacrificing for them, and giving up our lives for them is the greatest sacrifice we can make for another.
This is exactly what God did for us.
We look no further than the death of Jesus on the cross for us. God himself died for us on this bloody, splintered cross. This is the unshakeable, unmistakable, unbreakable proof that God loves us!
Let’s ponder the vastness of these words: The Immortal One submitted himself to death, the Giver of Life permitted darkness to swallow himself, and the King of Kings was humiliated.
For God loves us more than we might have imagined, because His love for us is so extravagant that He would sacrifice His Son to save us.
1 John 3:16 – By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us.
3. God loves us because He accepted us. If God gave us the only thing that was the forgiveness of sins, it would be enough proof that God loves us. But he’s gone so much beyond that gloriously. God also accepted us as beloved children of His own.
God wasn’t just contented in forgiving us. With such intense affection, God loves us that He will not rest until He brings us to His family. Now we are children of God, and as children of God, He loves to pour out blessings on us.
Ephesians 1:4-5 – In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
4. God loves us and He is praying for us. We pray most for the people we deeply love. We pray for our children, our spouse, and our close friends. We want God to do well to them, so we intercede passionately for them.
Did you know that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying to the Father for us? That’s how much God loves us! Jesus and the Spirit urge the Father to do us good and the Father takes great joy in responding to their prayers.
Sometimes we’re weak, tired, and don’t even know what to pray about. But for us, the Holy Spirit intercedes himself. When our prayers are nothing but groans, the Spirit begs the Father to give us exactly what we need, and the Father responds with joy.
The Holy Spirit prays for us because God loves us so much!
Just as the Holy Spirit is praying for us, so Jesus is interceding for us. He prays that God will deliver us from Satan’s condemnation. He is praying that God will keep us from evil. Just as Jesus prayed for his disciples, so Jesus prays for us all the time.
The fact that God prays for us is enough to encourage us and warm our hearts with love for God. Jesus prays for us because God loves us with an immeasurable love.
Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.
5. God loves us and is faithful to us. God has answered our prayers a thousand times, protected us or kept us from numerous stupid decisions, strengthened us several times when we were weak, and has been faithful more than a dozen times throughout our life.
God does these things because He is faithful to those He loves, and He profoundly loves us.
The love of God is steadfast for us. It is a loving love that is faithful, unshakable, and immovable. God has been faithful in saving us, and he will continue to be faithful in the image of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 86:5 – For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.