Q: I’d like to believe that God loves me, but I don’t think he does. No matter how good I try to be, something always goes wrong. I’ve finally decided God must hate me. Is there any way I can get him to love me? — K.G.
A: No, there isn’t any way you can get him to love you, because he already does. Even when we fail him or turn our backs on him, he still loves us and yearns for us to love him in return. The Bible says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
How do I know God loves you? I know it because he sent his only son into the world to give his life for you. If God didn’t love us — if God didn’t care what happens to us — then Jesus Christ never would have come into the world. And if God didn’t want us to spend all eternity with him in heaven, then Jesus Christ never would have come into the world.
But God does love us, and the proof is Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t come into the world just to lecture us or tell us to try harder. Jesus Christ came into the world to do for us what we could never do for ourselves: to forgive us and free us from sin’s penalty, which is death. The Bible says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).
Don’t let anything deceive you into thinking God doesn’t care for you, because he does. Instead, put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and build your life on his unending love for you.
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