December 11, 2017

Does God Love Me?

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Bob Jones, Sr.

Often in my ministry I have been asked, “How can I know that God loves me?” I always answer by quoting this verse: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). The way to know that God loves you is to take a look at the “Old Rugged Cross” on a hilltop at Jerusalem.

The world is filled with graveyards, loneliness, heartaches, and all sorts of disappointments. All men are headed down the highway of life to a little spot of ground in a cemetery, and some of us are nearer than we think. Some men take the attitude, “Let’s ‘live it up.’ Let’s get out of life all we can get.” Spiritual people say, “There are many things in this life that I cannot understand. God has not explained to me why He permitted certain things to come to me, but He has shown me that He loves me by letting His Son die for me.”

There is a song that says, “Calvary Covers It All.” We might also sing, “Calvary Answers It All,” for Calvary is the answer to every question anybody may ask about God. Certainly God loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us (John 3:16). In this fact should rest the Christian’s satisfaction until he gets to heaven and hears God explain in Person some of the things we have not understood down here. Earthly language could never explain all that God, in His infinite wisdom, permits in this world of sin and suffering.

Scripture tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8). If He were not a God of love, the whole human race would go to Hell. But God is not only a God of love; He is also a God of power. Jesus Christ said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28: 18). Someday He is coming with power and great glory (Luke 21:27). Won’t you trust Him to save you and to keep you? He has power to save you (Luke 5:24; John 1:12; Acts 4:12), and He has power to help you in your hour of need (2 Chronicles 25:8; Ephesians 3:20).

This article was first published in Faith for the Family, March/April 1975. It is republished here by permission.

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