Blog Posts on The Love of God

Propaganda About God’s Purpose in Our Past

Marshall Segal
Propaganda About God’s Purpose in Our Past

Sometimes it’s hard to sort out our lives before Christ. It all feels so bleak, so dark, so destructive, so wasted. Some of us have a hard time finding anything good, anything worth remembering in the stories of our old selves.

In his new single “Crimson Cord,” Propaganda pulls on the scarlet thread of God’s love in the past of the believer. In short, God had a purpose in our past. He was using every pain to point us to life in him, and the emptiness of sin to save... Continue Reading

God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You

Jon Bloom
God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You

The greatest love you can know is when someone lays down his life for you (John 15:13). Especially when you were an enemy when he laid his life down for you (Romans 5:10).

And that’s when Jesus laid his life down for you (1 John 3:16),

  • on a Roman cross of torture (Philippians 2:8),

  • to bear the guilt of your sins (1 Corinthians 15:3),

  • and pay your debt of infinite offense against a holy God (Colossians 2:14).

So while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8),

Where Does True Love Come From?

Jason DeRouchie
Where Does True Love Come From?

How is love generated in our lives? The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 1:5, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Love Overflows from a Pure Heart

From the heart “flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). “Out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). The heart is the factory of our soul that generates all desire, thought, emotion, and action. Our heart determines our identity, and that... Continue Reading

God Desires You Far More Than You Desire Him

Jon Bloom
God Desires You Far More Than You Desire Him

Christianity is not so much about you desiring God as it is about God desiring you. I wonder if you believe that.

We are all about desiring God at Desiring God. We believe with all our hearts that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

But the truth is that we will not desire God if we don’t believe that really God desires us. If God is a powerful person who in reality cares little or nothing about us, we may have a fear-based respect for... Continue Reading

God Will Not Let You Go

Marshall Segal

Relentless. That is pastor Leonce Crump’s one word for the love of God for sinners.

He has met this relentless Savior again and again on his journey from part-time Catholic to gospel-loving pastor. In this three-minute video, he tells us why God loves his children no matter what. “I am rescued by God. Restored by God. Renewed by God,” Crump says. “He is absolutely relentless in his pursuit of those who are his.”

Before you read another email or change another diaper or watch another... Continue Reading

The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God

John Piper
The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God

One thing I am sure of intuitively: God’s ways are higher than my ways. Which means: If he reveals through the Bible his ways of loving me, they will certainly be jarring.

The ease with which the human race presumes to tell God how he should love is breathtaking. There is only one way to know how God loves me: Listen to what he tells me, and believe him.

One of the things he tells me in the Bible is that he loved Israel from all eternity in a way... Continue Reading

He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

John Piper
He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters to me what Jesus really accomplished for us when he died.

There is a common way of thinking about Christ’s death that diminishes our experience of his love. It involves thinking that the death of Christ expressed no more love for me than for anyone else in the human... Continue Reading

God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory

John Piper
God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory

Some people feel less loved when they hear God loves them for his own sake. But in fact his love is greater for us when he loves us that way.

I want to help you feel more loved because God makes more of you when he makes much of you this way.

Here are a few examples of what I mean by God’s performing all his acts of love toward us in a way that reveals he is loving us for his own glory:

1. God loves us by predestining us for adoption into his family (Ephesians... Continue Reading

How Jack Miller Saved My Life

R W Glenn
How Jack Miller Saved My Life

If you’re truly a Christian, God has no reservations about you whatsoever. None.Whatsoever.

This is a truth I learned — or rather, began to learn — from Jack Miller.

It happened in the fall of 2010, during my first sabbatical after 15 years in the pastorate. The wheels had really begun to come off my life and ministry. I had worked eighty-hour weeks for more than a decade. And the cumulative impact of such a schedule had finally begun to take its toll.

But more than that, a... Continue Reading

When Jesus Makes You Wait in Pain

Jon Bloom

The reason there was a “Palm Sunday” was because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 12:17–18). It was perhaps the most powerful, hope-giving miracle Jesus ever performed during his pre-cross ministry; the capstone sign of who he was (John 5:21–25).

That’s why the Apostle John wrote, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was” (John 11:5–6).

The word “so” connecting... Continue Reading