The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing.—Psalm 145:9,15–16
God’s love extends to every person. Ever since He created human beings, He has loved them. No matter where they stand relationally with Him, He loves them. They may not believe He exists; they may believe He exists but hate Him; they may want nothing to do with Him; but nevertheless, He loves them. His love, kindness, and care are given to them by virtue of their being part of humanity.
Human beings were created in God’s image. He loves every single one of us, and His love for us translates into loving action on His part—His care and blessings given to humankind.
God’s love for all humankind is most clearly seen in His answer to our need for salvation. Every person falls short,1 and that’s why we need help in order to be reconciled to God. God, because of His love for each of us, brought forth the plan of salvation by which Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, and died, taking our sins upon Himself, thus making amends for us.
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.—John 3:16 NLT; Romans 5:8 NLT
God in His love has made a way that we can avoid the just punishment for our sins and be reconciled to Him in a loving relationship. He sent His Son as a substitute to take that punishment for each of us. He doesn’t pour out His judgment and wrath on any of us, because Jesus took it all upon Himself. All that is left is for each of us to believe, and if we do, our sins are forgiven, atoned for. That’s God’s love, His gift to you and me.
Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for me so I can have eternal life. Please come into my heart, and help me learn more about You and Your Father’s love. Amen.
- See Romans 3:23. ↩