Why does God love humans?

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By BibleAsk Team


Understanding why God loves humans involves exploring His nature of love, particularly through the lens of fatherly love. In the Bible, the Creator is often depicted as a loving Father who cares deeply for His creation, especially humanity. This fatherly love provides insight into why He loves humans and how this love is manifested in various ways. Let’s delve into this topic, drawing from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible and making the explanation comprehensible.

Understanding Divine Love:

  1. The Creator’s Nature of Love: At the core of understanding why the Creator loves humans is the recognition of His intrinsic nature of love. 1 John 4:8 (NKJV) states, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Love is not merely something the heavenly Father does; it is who He is. His love is unconditional, sacrificial, and eternal. Compassion is the pre-eminent attribute of the Creator (1 John 4:8). Mercy is the controlling force in His divine government. The Bible declares, that the Lord is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6, 7).
  2. Creation in His Image: One reason why the Creator loves humans is that He created them in His image. Genesis 1:27 (NKJV) affirms, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Being made in the Creator’s image means humans possess inherent value, dignity, and worth, which elicits His love for them.

Fatherly Love:

  1. Parental Affection: the Creator’s love for humans is often likened to the love of a father for his children. Psalm 103:13 (NKJV) expresses, “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.” Just as a human father cares for, protects, and provides for his children, He extends His loving care to His creation. We can have a glimpse of His mercy for us in the compassion we have for our own children. He made us this way so we can somewhat comprehend His attitude towards us. Yet, even parental care has been ruined by sin. The Lord declares, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).
  2. Desire for Relationship: The Creator’s fatherly love is evidenced by His desire for a relationship with humanity. John 3:16 (NKJV) famously declares, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The heavenly Father’s love is not distant or indifferent; it is personal and relational, seeking to reconcile humanity to Himself.

Manifestations of Divine Love:

  1. Redemptive Plan: The heavenly Father’s compassion for humans is demonstrated through His redemptive plan for salvation. Romans 5:8 (NKJV) states, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite humanity’s rebellion and sinfulness, The Creator’s compassion compelled Him to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, offering forgiveness and reconciliation to all who believe. The compassion of our heavenly Father is not just a feeling. The supreme expression of divine mercy is the Father’s gift of His Son, through whom it becomes possible for us to be His sons (1 John 3:1). Even though people strayed away from their Maker and yielded to Satan by disobedience, He redeemed them back by His substitutionary death. There is no greater kindness than this (John 15:13).
  2. Divine Guidance: Another expression of the heavenly Father’s mercy is His guidance and instruction for humanity. Proverbs 3:11-12 (NKJV) affirms, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.” The heavenly Father’s discipline, though sometimes difficult, is motivated by His love and desire for our growth and well-being.

Human Response:

  1. Acceptance of Love: The Creator’s mercy for humans invites a response of acceptance and reciprocation. While the Savior’s mercy embraces all humans, it directly benefits those who respond to it: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become” His children (John 1:12). Compassion requires reciprocity in order to be fully effective. It is His goodness that leads humans to repentance (Romans 2:4). It is His mercy that softens hard hearts, brings back the lost, and turns sinners into saints. 1 John 4:19 (NKJV) declares, “We love Him because He first loved us.” Recognizing and receiving divine mercy enables humans to love their Maker in return, fostering a deepening relationship with Him.
  2. Obedience and Trust: Responding to divine love involves obedience and trust in His guidance and provision. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NKJV) instructs, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” Obedience demonstrates submission and trust in the Creator’s fatherly care and wisdom.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, God’s love for humans, expressed through His fatherly affection, is incomprehensible and profound. It stems from His intrinsic nature of mercy, humanity’s creation in His image, and His desire for a relational connection with His creation. The heavenly Father’s compassion is evidenced through His redemptive plan, divine guidance, and ongoing invitation for humans to accept His love and respond in obedience and trust. Understanding why He loves humans illuminates the depth of His compassion, mercy, and grace, inviting all to experience the transformative power of His love.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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