“If ever you should doubt the love of God, take a long, deep look at the cross, for in the cross you find the expression of God’s love.” – (Peace with God by Billy Graham, pg 117)
Does God Love Me Even Though I Suffer So Much?
Since I cannot even begin to understand the scope of suffering and pain you have undergone, I will use an illustration to hopefully relate better to your situation. Some time ago my wife and I traveled to Haiti to help a nation that was desperately in need. When we arrived at the airport, at first glance we witnessed utter devastation and poverty as far as the eye could see.
However, as our week progressed, we began to rub shoulders with people that had lost absolutely everything and experienced unimaginable circumstances that were as much as any human being could tolerate. Yet, amidst all the pain and brokenness, we experienced some of the most amazing peace, joy and unwavering faith in a God who seemed to basically have forgotten these people.
Instead of becoming calloused and fostering bitterness, countless Haitians drew closer into the arms of God and experienced an intimacy deeper than I had ever known in my own life. Truthfully, God draws near to the brokenhearted. He defends the powerless and weak and even when things don’t add up in this life, there is a reward far greater than we can even imagine for those who persevere and trust that God is ultimately good.
We cannot base God’s love for us merely on circumstances or the way others treat us. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is broken beyond repair and there is much more going on beyond the surface than we can even realize. Even God’s own son suffered at the hands of sinners the most horrible death imaginable. Jesus warned each of us that we would face trials and tribulations in this life. We must learn to seek God during the most painful moments. He weeps and hurts with you and can offer consolation throughout life’s tragedies.
Does God Love Me Even When I Sin?
Aside from blaspheming against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29), there is not one sin that can’t be forgiven through the blood of Jesus. Those feelings of guilt, shame and despair are never from God, and will only tend to make us hide ourselves even more instead of searching for the healing that our heart desperately needs to experience.
Although God will convict you of your sin, He is not the one pointing fingers. Instead, he is standing with open arms hoping that you will repent and turn from what is in the past and accept that God loves you unconditionally. Run to Him and allow His grace to shower over you. You can find peace, rest, and renewal for your soul!
Does God Love Me If I Feel Ignored & Alone?
Although we can’t always feel God’s love, it never changes, because God is love and He is ever faithful. Even during those foggy moments where we cannot perceive Him, God is walking along side of you and even carrying you through the darkest moments. Therefore, we cannot rely on our emotions or even circumstances to validate God’s love for us.
Instead, solitude is where we will experience His gentle whispers of love and be able to look past all the distractions that cloud our mind. And this is sometimes where our faith faces its deepest challenge, because it takes patience and trust to wait upon God. His timing is not our timing and His ways are not our ways.
Even Mother Teresa doubted, but she still chose to press on holding firmly to what she truly believed.
Does God Love Me No Matter What?
Time and time again in the New Testament we witness Jesus offering unmerited mercy and grace to those who needed it most. From the criminal on the cross, to Peter’s 3 denials and the constant blunders of the apostles, or the woman at the well; we witness over and over again how Jesus offers continual forgiveness to a repentant heart.
We’re never going to get things perfect in this life. God is much more interested in our hearts’ desire to press in closer to Him and seek His strength in our weaknesses. He wants for us to rely on Him alone. God delights in the fact that you are calling upon His name and surrendering your life to Him, even if that is a daily occurrence.
Over time, by His Spirit’s power alone will we learn to become more holy as He is holy. Have patience with yourself in as much as God has patience with you. Instead of wallowing in self-pity we can rejoice in the truth that Jesus has paid the price once and for all and has set us free from the power of sin in our lives.
Does God Love Me Even If I Doubt His Existence?
Just like gravity continues to function even if we believe it isn’t real, whether or not we acknowledge God’s existence doesn’t change the fact that He is God. However, even for those who choose not to believe in Him, they are still deeply loved by God beyond all imagination or reason. Unlike human love, God’s love is never based on conditions.
In the story of the prodigal son Jesus illustrates the truth that we are all given a choice in this life to freely live as we desire. God has blessed us with the gift of free will, because He never intended to force us to acknowledge, worship or love Him. This consequently would not be authentic, just like your spouse, child or friend, wouldn’t base a genuine relationship on control or manipulation.
Yet, if you choose to reflect on this parable, you will learn that even amidst the prodigal son completely turning his back on the Father, the son was still welcomed with opened arms and a royal celebration at his homecoming. In fact, the Father didn’t even request an apology but merely embraced his son and demanded that he was given the best of everything he owned because his son was lost but now was found.
Similarly, if you are still having doubts about whether or not God is real, He is patient, merciful and ultimately loving. I challenge you to pray that He would reveal Himself to you in new ways. Be open minded towards this as you live out your daily routine or experience nature. God longs for you to know Him and He will not hide from you as long as you seek with a genuine heart.
Does God Love Me If I’m Gay?
God loves you no matter what. The Bible is very clear that God only ever hates the sin and never the sinner (John 8:2-11). Every one of us falls short of God’s standard in one way or another, and homosexuality was not a part of His original plan.
Our hearts deeply long for unconditional love and approval. Yet throughout life we are all faced with deep hurts that wound our soul, so we consequently seek any way possible to cope with this pain and search for a love that accepts us exactly as we are. Homosexuality is no exception.
If you find yourself struggling with sexuality, God wants to express His love to you and bring healing to the deepest hurts in your heart. Although God accepts us for who we are now, he loves us too much to allow us to remain the same.
God is the only perfect Father, and He wants to reveal your true identity in Him. You are loved dearly as His son or daughter and He has great purposes planned for your life. Come and rest in His love today.