Why does God love me?
That’s kind of a tough question, and kind of an easy question at the same time. The easy answer is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Very simply, it is His nature to love us.
My wife and I just had our first baby, and we love him dearly. It’s not anything I can explain, and it wasn’t a gradual thing. I didn’t have these feelings for him right after he was born; I cared for him, but I didn’t *love* him. It wasn’t until he started showing a little bit of personality that I really felt a great deal of love for him.
I believe that that feeling is a gift from the Lord, and I believe that that is exactly how He feels toward us. He adopts us as His children when we obey Him, and He loves us. He cares for us and provides for us, even as we do our own children. It’s only natural to believe that the feelings we have for our own children are the same feelings that He has for us, since we are made in His image (Gen. 1:26).
Now I understand that may not be enough of an answer for you, and if that’s the case, I apologize because I don’t know anything else to tell you. John tells us that the nature of God is love, so to look very much deeper into it is to seek to understand the nature of God, and I don’t think we can do that.
By Michael Molloy