Does God love me? This is one of the most common questions people ask themselves. How do I know God loves me? Some people have never experienced the tangible love of God.
I have good news- God wants you to know and experience His love for you personally. And I want to show you how you can experience His love right now, or anytime you want.
Why is Knowing God’s Love So Important?
God’s love is the foundation of the Christian life.
Without understanding God’s love, you’ll never be able to experience life the way God intended. God’s love is what makes everything come alive.
I have a friend who was raised in Islam. Part of his testimony is that when he encountered Jesus, he could see in color for the first time in his life. (You can watch his amazing story here)
This is what it’s like to know God’s love – everything is in color.
God’s love will fix anything broken in your life. It’s that powerful, and it’s real.
Everything we receive from God comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Faith is a requirement for receiving from God (Hebrews 11:6). But did you know that faith works by love?
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:6
God’s love is like the soil that faith grows in. So in order to receive from God, His love for you is the foundation.
When you understand God’s love for you, your faith works without effort. It’s easy to believe what God says when you know that He’s crazy about you.
Faith and love can’t be separated. If you’re trying to receive anything from God without a revelation of His love, it’s going to be difficult.
So how do we receive a revelation of His love?
How to Know that God Loves You
When I was 25 years old, I received salvation and got a radical understanding of God’s love for me personally. It was so amazing. I was caught away in the presence of God for several years.
Many people experience a similar thing when they first receive salvation. But over time, many people lose this revelation of how much God loves them. They fall away from the reality of His love and presence. It doesn’t have to be this way!
God’s love can always be fresh and personal; and you can experience it any time you want. I’m going to show you how Biblically.
You can experience God’s love anytime you want by focusing your attention on the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. 1 John 3:16
This is how we know love. At your very worst, God loved you enough to die for you.
When you focus on how He suffered for you, His love will begin to rise up in your heart. You can receive in your emotions the love that laid down His life for you.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9
There’s no greater love in existence than when He died on that cross for you.
John 15:13 says, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
As you meditate on the fact that Jesus suffered and died for you, you will understand what real love is. You can experience His love.
Look at this verse from the Bible.
Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave;Its flames are flames of fire,A most vehement flame. Song of Solomon 8:6
This verse is saying love is as strong as death; and His death was the seal, or proof, of His love for you. Wow, that is powerful.
Jesus’s death on the cross was the proof of His love for you. His love is as strong as death.
Practice the Love of God
Not only can you experience the love of God anytime you want to, but you can go beyond that. You can live in the love of God by practicing it every day.
Just by taking a few minutes every day to meditate on what Jesus did for you, you can build this revelation in your heart of His love for you. But you must make it personal. It’s easy for some of us to believe that God loved and died for the world, but can you believe that in a way only God can do, He died just for you?
His love for you is so intense and so passionate that He died for just you. He suffered. He was humiliated. He was tortured. All because of His love for YOU.
You are the ONE He loves. You are the ONE He died for.
The apostle John had an understanding of this. Five times in the New Testament he referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.
John was the only disciple who didn’t flee in fear at the crucifixion. He was the only one who wasn’t murdered for his faith. What empowered him to face fear? He had a personal understanding of God’s love for him, so much so that it became his identity.
This love is the same thing you can practice until it becomes your identity.
Say out loud “I am the disciple whom Jesus loves. I am the one Jesus suffered and died for.”
This is like putting a magnifying glass over your heart and allowing the love of God to penetrate. His love will set you free.
Ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes to see everything He accomplished for you and why He did it for you.
Below, I’ve included some verses to get you started. Meditate on these until His love for you personally comes alive on the inside of you.
Bible Verses About God’s Love for You:
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Song of Solomon 4:9 You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart With one look of your eyes, With one link of your necklace.
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
1 John 4:8-10 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
Isaiah 38:17 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Song of Solomon 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Psalm 91:14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
Hosea 11:4 I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.
Deuteronomy 7:13 And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know [b]us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.
John 16:27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.