By Lynette Kittle, Crosswalk.com
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and send His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” - 1 John 4:10
Growing up, I had a wonderful father who made me feel loved. All of my life, I was confident of his love for me. Because I did have his love, it hasn’t been difficult for me to believe God, my heavenly Father, loves me, too. is Sadly many individuals don’t grow up with the kind of fatherly love I experienced. Countless men and women grow up without an earthly father’s presence, much less his love, so the thought of God as Father and His loving them is a difficult concept for them to believe, receive, and accept.
God Is Love’s Only Source
There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love. It’s not based on who we are or what we do or don’t do. It’s all based on who God is, and He is love (1 John 4:16). Despite what the world may tell or try to convince us, God loves everyone. No matter what our culture promotes, there is no other source of love on earth. Therefore, everyone and everything else claiming to be love is a counterfeit. The enemy of God goes to great lengths to make us think He doesn’t love us. The devil does this by lying to us about God, and if we don’t know the truth about Him, we’ll believe those lies. John 8:44 describes the nature of the devil and of those who believe his lies.
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
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