Ahh… the feeling of being in love. And when the object of our affection is in love with us, too… it feels like heaven!

“Sing for Joy”

This song says:

Give Him your love, He’s in love with us

But is that true?  Can we really say that God is in love with us?

It depends…

What do we mean when we say that? Being in love commonly means

  • we lose our ability to think logically
  • our emotions are so strong that they are like worship
  • we cannot think of surviving without that person

In this sense, God is not ‘in love’ with us.  On the contrary, He…

  • has no needs (Psalm 50:12)
  • is the indestructibly happy in Himself, even without us (1 Tim 6:15)
  • was satisfied in the fellowship of the Trinity before creation (John 17:24)

And we have not helped the situation, since we are guilty of cosmic treason (Rom 3:9-18) and we still sin even after He redeems us (1 John 1:5-10, Rom 7).

But God

No, God is not ‘in love’ with us like we normally mean when we say that.  But the fact He has chosen to delight in us and invite us into a sacred romance with Himself is truly breathtaking:

  • Through the cross, the Father can love us with the love He has for Christ.  That is an absolutely staggering truth.  (John 17:26)
  • God made marriage as a little illustration to show us the intimacy and ecstasy of knowing Him (Eph 5:32)
  • It gives the Song of Solomon a whole new light! It is not only about marital joy but also points to our joy in God. And it also means that single believers don’t miss out. Every believer will get the real ‘meal’ of God Himself, even if we all don’t have the same ‘appetizer’ (e.g. marriage).

What’s more, His love for us is not just generic, but He has uniquely crafted each of us  (Eph 2:10, Psalm 139) and knows us by name (John 10:3).

How about you?

How can you use the scriptures above to rejoice in the amazing reality that we are “more wicked that we dared hope, but more loved than we dared believe”?

Do your emotions surrounding His love for you reflect what is real?