In 1965 Jackie DeShannon debuted a song with the lyrics “What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…”
It’s a sentiment that still rings out today. Everyone is looking for love and thankfully there’s One that has enough for us all.
God’s love for His creation is something that can’t be fully put into words.
It’s an experience.
What Is The Meaning of God’s Love For You?
One word says it all. God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL. You may also hear some refer to it as agape love which pretty much means the same thing.
God couldn’t stop loving us if He tried, because He is love.
Some people have a hard time with that, because in life we have pain, sadness, loss, disappointment, and the list continues.
When you think about your trauma or that devastating situation that a loved went through, it’s understandable to wonder or maybe even ask how a loving God could allow this.
Romans 8:17 outlines that as coheirs of Christ (that means we’re promised an inheritance in eternity), we’re also going to suffer.
Ultimately it shouldn’t surprise us when we go through things. God already said we would.
We just go through a little differently than those that don’t believe, because we can turn to the One we hope in.
How Does God Show His Love For You?
God’s love shows up in so many ways. He provides for us. He warns us. He directs us. He heals us. He delivers us. He blesses us.
You get it, right?
Romans 8:35-39 flat out says that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Even if we stop loving Him, He’s got a built-in type of love that will be right there if we ever decide to come back.
This doesn’t mean that His love doesn’t come with parts that are a little harder to digest.
Think about that correction He talks about in 1 Corinthians 11 that will be used to keep us from eternal damnation.
The Bible is clear that He corrects those He loves, so don’t be discouraged when you feel the pressure of a pruning season or the pangs of being remodeled.
God just loves you like that! He allows life to teach us, to humble us, and to help us stay in step with Him.
What Are The Signs God Loves You?
The signs are in our lives every day. They show up in the form of grace and mercy.
Grace gives us things we don’t deserve. Mercy holds back things we do deserve due to our not living according to God’s Word and/or not following His instructions.
People miss the signs sometimes, because they become so complacent with God.
Everyone just thinks that their routine will happen until it doesn’t.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the person that had a near death experience and now they’re shouting “cherish your life” from the rooftop.
God wants us to see Him in everything, the big things and the small. He wants us to see and embrace His love for us.
Beautiful Passages About God’s Love
God never leaves His children without a roadmap. The following passages of scripture speak about God’s love.
In them you will see that we are His passion, and He has always loved us.
“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 NIV
“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 NIV
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16 NIV
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 NIV
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15 NIV
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
How To Receive God’s Love
You don’t have to do anything special to receive God’s love. You simply have to accept it by faith.
As seen in the verse above from John 3:16, God loves His creation. He created this entire world, and His desire is to see us all saved though everyone won’t accept Him.
As a believer, our only responsibility is to trust what His word says about His love.
Think of it this way. A baby doesn’t have to do anything but be born. It’s up to the parent to care for that child and love them.
Somehow through that care, the child forms a connection and builds trust. They know they’re loved even though they can’t talk or put words on it.
That’s how God does us. He’s our Father.
Once we’re born again, we step into a place where we don’t just hear about His love, but we allow ourselves to experience it.
God loves us more than we may ever know, understand, or accept. His love is nothing like we’ve ever experienced before.
His love is the kind of love that can show up in affirmation, correction, inspiration, or the darkest hour.
His love gently nudges us towards our true identity in Him that we may live the life we were predestined to. God’s love is so beautiful and amazing!