“Whoever could become a loving person who had never before experienced love in their life?”
If someone was neglected as a child, they will hunger for love and appreciation later. And it’s only natural to seek to get it from other human beings. But what will happen if they do not get the love he or she urgently wants to have? Won’t they end up having doubts about the meaning of life and finally end up in despair?
It is crucial to know that God loves us. The Bible writes about it and if we believe that which is written IS true, we could be the lucky ones. However, I think we must be careful not to believe that “knowing” this truth remains as a mere repeated reminder in our minds. What I want to emphasize here is that heart and mind should always be found together, and if we are not FEELING the LOVE of God, then there is something missing that could give us the real power to love others even though they don’t love us, neglect us, or reject us. This selfless love only works when we have been comforted by God’s Spirit for not being loved by others while we are at the same time tenderly and passionately loved by Him.
God is love, and if we ask Him consistently, He can’t help pouring His essence (love) into our hearts (Rom 5:5) because He can’t deny Himself. He can’t stop loving any human being He ever created, since as soon as God had created man and woman in his own image (!), “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31 ESV). Very good!
In my opinion, God’s creation is still very good and the fact that God Himself loved looking at a man and a woman more than at animals, plants, stars etc. gives us our greatest worth. We are precious to Him! The sin that separated God and man and thus finished the spiritual relationship between the Creator and His creatures did not end His love.
Jesus became man because of His love for His Father AND for us. Jesus is God, too. Jesus is love, too. And caused by His love He prepared for sinners the way back into a loving relationship with God.
Once again: God is longing for us because He loves us so much. Always! Jesus is not the reason that God loves us but simply the only way home. Could it be possible or is it too good to be true that He made us wonderfully … be it him or her, plus me and plus you?
I thank God that it is indeed sooo good but true, too … that He loved us before the ages began although He knew that His wonderful creatures would be sinners. Phew!
Therefore, let’s try to not always look at our sins nor at the sins of others. Instead, let’s look at Him who looks through the eyes of love…
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Pt 4:8 ESV)
[Although I did not count how often I used the word “love” (Ha! You see, again) – I am afraid it was abundantly enough, wasn’t it. 🙂 ]