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If you're a member of the human race then God loves you; not just with any old 'love' but with a love that will last forever (Jeremiah 31v3) and one which drove him to give his own son, Jesus to die in your place. As it says in 1John 3v16, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us." You see love is not just something God does, it's what He is. He defines the true meaning of love. In 1John 4v16 it simply says "God is love".

But why would God love us; why would He love you? If you have ever had a child then you may be able to understand something of how God feels towards you. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I had a photo from the ultrasound scan which I was so proud of. I loved that baby so much. I had never before experienced the force of love like this. But why? He didn't really look like much, he couldn't do anything to impress me or say anything to please me. He was just a white smudge on a black square. I didn't love my son because he deserved it, I loved him because he was MY SON! In a mysterious way, my wife and I had 'made' him. He was ours.

Whether you believe it or not, God created you. In Psalm 139v13 it says "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." You are the work of His hands, His own creation and nothing you or anyone else may do can change that fact or His love for you. In Romans 8v38-39 it says "...neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God...".

You may wonder how there can be a loving God when there is so much sadness & evil in the world. The simplest answer to that is that God created us to have free will rather than running the world and us like robots. Much of the sadness in the world is due to mankind's wrong decisions and selfish actions. Ultimately the Bible teaches that evil, sickness & death only entered the world because of a wrong choice, the disobedience of the first man, Adam. Romans 5v12 says "...sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men..."

The ultimate demonstration and proof of God's love for you is the death of Jesus on the cross over 2000 years ago but we'll come on to that in point number 3.

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