How can we know God's love for us?

Sometimes gaining an appreciation for God as both our Father and our Mother helps us to feel His presence in our lives.

"God is love," the Bible says. But what exactly does this mean to us? Probably all of us have had times when we felt pretty unloved. We may have felt that even if God loves us, His love is just too abstract to do us much good.

The problem may be that we're used to thinking of love mostly in terms of human love and human relationships, which may seem more tangible than God. And God's love is quite different from that.

Perhaps the human love that nearest approaches the love God has for each of us is the love that most parents feel for their children. Parental love is deep, tender, and protective. It's a love that human events can't destroy. God's love for us is like that, and thinking of it in that way gives us a helpful start toward understanding it. Yet God's love goes beyond even the best parental love.

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On ruminating and speculating
January 21, 1991

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