What Does Scripture Teach about God’s Love for Us?
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible speaks of God’s love for us. The book of Psalms alone has many verses describing God’s love for us. The Psalmist David described God’s love with these poetic words, “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:4). He goes on to write, “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God” (Psalm 36:7). In another Psalm, David wrote, You, LORD, are forgiving and good abounding in love to all who call to you” (Psalm 86:15). Through Psalm 136, the echoing refrain is, His love endures forever. The prophets, psalmists, and apostles all wrote about and were enamored with the infinite love of God. Jesus, as the physical demonstration of God’s love, taught about the Father’s love often.
One of the most precious stories that Jesus told is the story of the prodigal (Luke 15:11-31). This simple story paints a graphic picture of the profound love of God for us. The story is about two sons. The older is the classic rule follower. The younger the classic baby of the family who doesn’t give rules much thought. The younger asks for his inheritance early. This was unheard of in Middle Eastern family culture. As Jesus told this story He would have had the focused attention of every listener. The Father gives the younger son his inheritance and the son goes out and wastes it all on wine, women, and wanton pleasure. Like a classic college freshman, he wants to party his life away. However, when the money runs out, he comes to the profound conclusion that he needs to get a job! He gets hired to feed pigs for a while (unheard of in Jewish culture) but eventually hits rock bottom. Finally, in desperation, the rebellious son heads home thinking he will work for his Father. However, in His story, Jesus shows us the Father's true heart and his immense love for us. He doesn’t want us to be His servants. He wants us to come home as His beloved children.
In Jesus’s story, the Father searches the horizon and when He sees His son, He runs to Him, throws His arms around the son, and kisses him. He puts His robe on His son and His ring on his finger. Then, the Father throws a massive dinner party for His long-lost son.
The story illustrates how God in His love, crosses the distance to connect with us. He continues to love us through our rebellion and when we come home it’s not our service He desires, but our love.