But because of who He is. My God, the God of the Bible, isn’t “loving” per se. Rather…He is love – its essence.
David G. Benner, in his book Surrender to Love, says it well: What a different relationship begins to develop when you realize that God is head-over-heels in love with you. God is simply giddy about you. He just can’t help loving you. And he loves you deeply, recklessly and extravagantly – just as you are. God knows you are a sinner, but your sins do not surprise him. Nor do they reduce in the slightest his love for you.
God said it even better through his spokesman Isaiah:But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you… because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:1-4, NLT)
When God creates me, knows me, forgives me, dies on the cross to pay for my sins, designs me for His high purposes, calls me to His family and work, and does all this…because He loves me…
What other response can I have?