10 Verses about God’s Love to Pick You Up
Every now and then, we could all use a little reminder, not just about our next dental appointment or the sports game we need to take our child to, but about God’s love for us. In the midst of our trials and tribulations, along with the hustle and bustle of daily living, sometimes we neglect to remember that important truth. God loves you, and He loves me. Even when we don’t feel that love, even when we doubt, even when we would swear God loved everyone except for us. His love is true.
“For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
There are examples we can point to of God’s love in our daily lives, but the evidence for His affection existed far before we did, and far before we even knew His name.
“You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8)
God loves us so intimately that not only does He know the number of hairs on our head, but He knows the number of tears we cry. He is aware of when we sit up and sit down, when we walk, when we talk. God knows us in and out, literally.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The consequence of sin would have inevitably swallowed each of us. Yet, in His love for humanity, God gave us a way out, a way to become His children and find a different and better fate. To love is to will the good of another, and God’s will was to help us. That’s why the impact and teachings of Jesus remain to this day.
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
There’s no comparing how we love to God’s love, and there is no way to effectively love without loving like God. However imperfect we may be, modeling ourselves after the Lord is how we make ourselves better people, and how we make our communities into better places.
Yes, suffering will find us, and yes, life is hard, but abiding in God’s love will help us turn the tide when the negativity threatens to overwhelm us. We are not alone and never have been. God is there, waiting, reaching, and seeking us with a love that is constant, persistent, and all-encompassing.
For that, we can be grateful.
There is so much in life I do not know. Some of which I’ll never know and some I still hope to know. But what I do know is that you love me. I don’t feel that way, but I know it’s true. Quite honestly, sometimes I doubt. I feel like the opposite is true. That you don’t love me. That you are against me. That you’ve sent people and circumstances to make my life harder, not to build me up but to break me down, to mock and ridicule me. Scripture doesn’t say this, but my feelings do.
I want to believe your word, but God, believing in what I can’t see seems impossible some days. And what I can see I don’t like. Nothing’s changing despite my pleas, despite my efforts. I get on my knees in prayer but feel unheard, like my words enter into a void and become obsolete. How am I supposed to keep up hope in such circumstances?
You feel so far away, but I long to have you near. Please, Lord, help me to feel your presence. Help me remember that you are right there. Help me remember that you’ve never left. I just can’t see you right now, but I want to. I need to. Lord, I need you.
In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
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Aaron D'Anthony Brown is a freelance writer, hip-hop dance teacher, and visual artist, living in Virginia. He currently contributes work to iBelieve, Crosswalk, and supports various clients through the platform Upwork. He's an outside-the-box thinker with a penchant for challenging the status quo. Check out his short story “Serenity.”