“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
Do you ever FEEL like God doesn’t love you? Like you can’t FEEL His love for you? I have gone through seasons, some short, some longer, during which I don’t FEEL like God loves me. Here I am a Christ follower. I believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. I’ve turned away from a lifestyle of sin and practice a lifestyle of righteousness with plenty of repenting along the way as God conforms me to Himself. I belong to God’s forever family. I have been given and promised everlasting life. I am 100% devoted to the Lord and ministry. So how can this be that I don’t always FEEL God’s love, and what do I do? And, if you can relate, what should you do?
Just like we don’t need to SEE God to BELIEVE He exists, and just like we don’t need to SEE God’s love to BELIEVE God’s love, we don’t need to FEEL God’s love to BELIEVE God’s love. The reality is God’s love is everywhere all the time, from His entire Creation to nature to the birth of children to His provision to families to laughter and good news and most importantly to Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection for us. But sometimes, in the thick of our trials, we have trouble SEEING God’s love. And, sometimes, trials or not, we have difficulty FEELING God’s love.
Friend, years ago the Lord used the scripture above to help me to SEE that we must BELIEVE God’s love regardless of how we FEEL. Feelings come and go, circumstances come and go, trials come and go, good and bad comes and goes, our moods change, our feelings change, life goes forward, and we can’t afford to live our lives based on our FEELINGS. We need to live by FAITH. Faith that Jesus is Lord, that He died on the cross to pay our sin punishment and was raised from the dead, faith that God forgives our sins and gives us everlasting life when we repent and place our faith in Christ and truly commit our lives to Him, and FAITH THAT GOD LOVES US! We are to walk by FAITH, as the Bible says (2 Cor. 5:7). Not by FEELINGS.
So what do we if we FEEL sometimes like God doesn’t love us? Don’t go by our feelings. BELIEVE by FAITH in CHRIST that God does love us! And be FAITHFUL in loving Him and loving others in response to His love for us!
If you are struggling with believing God loves you because you are living with un-repented sin, by which you are in open rebellion against God and are remaining in sin He has clearly convicted you you must leave behind, and you are making no effort to seek Him for forgiveness and freedom from it in Christ, and are refusing to get whatever support He may desire to provide for you in order for you to turn away and stay turned away from it, then you may not be feeling and experiencing His love for you because your rebellion is blocking the flow of His love and mercy and grace, and the light of His forgiveness and fellowship. In this case, friend, repent and turn to God through faith in the Lord