Posted by: Tony | February 25, 2007

Why Does God Love Us?

Have you ever pondered this question? “Why does God love me?” Or to put it another way, “What is it about me that caused God to love me?”. To put it succinctly, the answer to the latter question is ‘nothing’. We will see that the answer to this second question can lead us to a proper understanding of the first.

In reference to why I would respond ‘nothing’ to that important question, let’s look at a couple of Bible verses. Notice that in Romans 3

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

Paul declares that we are all vile sinners and yet God justifies us (declares us righteous in His sight) as a gift (in the Greek ‘dorean’, also translated: freely, without a cause) by His grace. The same Greek word is used in the following verse

John 15:24-25 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

Let me ask you a question, “What was in Jesus that would cause man to hate Him?” The answer: nothing, absolutely nothing. In the same way that there was nothing in Jesus to cause man to hate Him, there was nothing in us that caused God to love us. Men hated Christ because of something within their depraved soul. In the same way, God loved us because of something within His glorious being.

In other words, the answer to the first question is: God loves us because GOD IS LOVE (see 1 John 4:8-10). He loves us in spite of us being unlovable. The beauty of God’s love is that He loves the unlovable. He loves us because of his character, not because of ours. Praise the Lord! Because therein is security. If God’s love for me depended on my character or anything within me, it might ebb and flow. But because God is love and God is immutable, He changes not. His love for us is never ending (see Romans 8:37-39).

Deuteronomy 7 also gives us some insight into why God chooses or loves His own.

Deut 7:6-10 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.

So why did “God set His love on you or choose you”? The answer from Scripture is “because the Lord loved you”! Why does God love us? Because God loves us! Man is constantly looking for something within himself to make himself approved to God. To think that God would love us immediately (in our self-centered hearts) conjures up in our mind that there must be something of value in man to cause that love.

But let’s praise the Lord and rejoice (boast) in His love for us. God is love and He chooses to set His love upon us, unworthy, despicable ones because of His grace, because He loves us. Praise God that we can rest in His love. May that motivate us to love Him ever more. Brethren, let me echo the exhortation of 1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

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  1. Hi,
    Interesting blog. I’ve been poking around a bit, but I just had to disagree with you on this one. I don’t mean to limit grace, but Genesis teaches that we are made in God’s image. As such, we are like God, only broken and ruined by sin. We are not nothing. The Bible calls us “a little lower than the angels”. To be sure, sin has destroyed our usefulness and our beauty, and we were forever without hope of restoration without the redeeming blood of the Lord Jesus, but God loved us because he saw himself in us. When he made us, he saw that we were good. Sin has added its destruction to the human race, but even at that, God’s mark is on us and we are valuable. Just as tarnished silver is valuable to the trained eye, so are sinners valuable to the God who can restore. Only what refuses to be restored is useless to him.

    • I just used your reply as a post on my facebook page…..Hope you don’t mind…

      I know you posted this in 2007…not sure if you’ll even get this reply…

      I loved the way you worded the response……sometimes I need to know why God loves me……the Bible seems so negative towards us humans a lot of the time.

      Thanks,

      Anne

    • Yes, we are created in God’s image but just as we do not need silver to survive, nor does God need us to live. Perhaps you need a reason as to why God loves us but isn’t it more powerful to know that we really had nothing to offer and yet he saw us worthy of his unconditional love?

      God’s mark is on us but he gave us this mark. Every good thing comes from above so in essence, what we have now is what belongs to him that he gave us. So even our image comes from him.

      God loves us because he is. So, there is truth in that he sees himself in us but even that “himself” belongs to him and he can easily as well take it away.

  2. Hi Jennypo,

    I actually wrote this entry. I have a number of other related posts on my blog at http://www.WhatDoesTheScriptureSay.com Would you take a look and leave comments on anything you find interesting? I think that some of the other articles on my blog may help give some context to this particular one. Thanks,

    Tony

  3. I like this post.

  4. Woah, thats a really nice insight. If your still a kid you must be really intelligent!

    Something I have been going into is the creationist debate.

    I am a creationist.

    Email me I’d like to hear your take on it.

  5. i know why god loves us its the same reason a parent love their child its because he’s is our father and we are his children no matter how far we stray from him or disobey him he’s always there for us like any parent would for their child god loves all of his children the angels and humans always has and alway will thats why its saddens him when reject him

  6. I agree with Jennypo, it makes sense if there is something that causes God to hate man which is SIN in man then there must be something in man that makes God love man. That thing in man does not necessarily have to be of man or come from man. And as in Genesis we understand that God created us in his image, his breath in us is our life.
    God is good and so MAN was good when created until destroyed by SIN and now saved by Christ the love of God.

    The equation of MAN: Perfect by God in creation, destroyed by choice through SIN and saved by Grace of God + choice through Christ.

  7. Very good post! I truly ENJOYED the read….

  8. Perhaps there is one reason for God to love us…although unruly children, we are created in His image (Genesis 9:6). Thanks for the good that you are doing through your blog.

  9. Thanks Tony, I couldn’t agree with you more. God loves us because he is love and for no other reason. Being created in his image does not demand that he love us nor does it require that He lay down His life for us. We cannot lay at His feet any demand that he love us based upon Him sharing His image with us. That is ascribing to ourselves and taking credit for something we do not own. We are not accepted by Him because of anything we posses. We are made acceptable to God only in the Beloved Son of God, Jesus Christ. Outside of Christ we are unworthy, sinful, ungodly, children of wrath, dead in trespasses and sins, without merit, lost, unholy, unrighteousness, unclean, and apart from God’s grace without hope.

    All of our value is derived from Him. We are created in His image, not our own. He is glorified in His creation but His creation does not add to His glory. He is love but not because we are lovely. He gave His Son because He is Love and not because I am lovely. God would be perfectly just in casting me away from His presence for eternity and according to the Romans 6:23 that is what I deserve. But His gift of grace is based totally on His attribute of love which He demonstrated at Calvary as He poured out His wrath for my sin upon His Son. He alone is worthy of our love not us of His. As one of the previous commenters noted, the image of man in the Bible is not a pretty one and God doesn’t pull any punches with us but in love shows us how broken and unlovely we really are.


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