A sad reality is that tons of believers don’t actually know how the Father feels about them. We tend to make up these narratives, and we imagine that God responds to us the way that we would respond to us.
I lived quite a bit of my Christian life believing that God was this distant, Gandolf the Grey looking deity in the sky which looked down on me with apathy. I thought He just wasn’t that interested or involved in the details of my life but that He was very much keeping score.
I imagined when I sinned or fell short that He was angry and I would even have this imagery in my head of Him turning away from me, punishing me with the silent treatment — washing His hands of me until I did enough to earn His love and favor back.
I believed this because this is how I learned people responded to my shortcomings and mistakes. Imagine the freedom when I learned that none of that was true!
The truth is that He is crazy about you. Let’s look at some key points and verses that reveal just how much the Father loves you.
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He Loves You
We have to start here. This is a truth most of us can grasp to some degree. I want to challenge you because however much you think the Father loves you, it’s not enough. If you can comprehend it, it’s too small.
The Father’s love for you is so much bigger than you could ever imagine. His love for you is immeasurable, yet it has dimensions!
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life. Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! Ephesians 3:17-19 TPT
Even at our worst and darkest moment, He gave His child on your behalf, to pay the debt you made and to make a connection with you possible.
But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly! Romans 5:8 TPT
He created you with purpose and intentionality. Everything about your makeup was intentional.
We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! Ephesians 2:10 TPT
Now, as a born again believer, you are His child. He’s adopted us and given us His name. He has so much good in store for you.
Yet look at you now! Everything is new! Although you were once distant and far away from God, now you have been brought delightfully close to him through the sacred blood of Jesus—you have actually been united to Christ! Ephesians 2:13 TPT
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He Likes You
As I said above, most of us can grasp to some extent that God loves us. What’s even more shocking is the truth that God likes you! He likes you! He delights in you!
For he enjoys his faithful lovers. He adorns the humble with his beauty, and he loves to give them the victory. His godly lovers triumph in the glory of God, and their joyful praises will rise even while others sleep. Psalm 149:4-5 TPT
This can be such a foreign concept to many who didn’t feel particularly liked growing up. In a lot of homes, children are loved, but that doesn’t mean parents regularly showed them how much they enjoyed spending time together.
We grow up feeling tolerated but not necessarily liked. Well, the Father likes you. He’s basically throwing a party with and for and over you.
He [God] will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
The Father enjoys spending time with you. He enjoys your company that’s why we have become one with His Spirit. I wouldn’t choose to dwell somewhere with a bunch of people I could only tolerate. I for sure wouldn’t sign a lease committing me to eternity with them.
He’s made His home in you because He enjoys being with you. I imagine He loves hearing about your day from your perspective like a parent whose school send home updates, but they still love hearing their child explain.
He wants to spend forever with you. He went to great lengths to make that possible.
“Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in me also. My Father’s house has many dwelling places. If it were otherwise, I would tell you plainly, because I go to prepare a place for you to rest. And when everything is ready, I will come back and take you to myself so that you will be where I am. John 14:1-3 TPT
He’s Patient With Your Process
This is where we start to challenge some mindsets. The Father is in for the long haul with you. Which points to His great patience with you and your process.
We have this misconception of God where we see Him as angry, but He has a long and rich history of being kind and compassionate and patient!
But amazingly, God—so full of compassion—still forgave them. He covered over their sins with his love, refusing to destroy them all. Over and over he held back his anger, restraining wrath to show them mercy. Psalm 78:38 TPT
Many of us imagine the Father struggles to put up with our messes because we struggle to tolerate the messes other people create around us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us that the Father is not keeping a record of our wrongs.
Here’s some truth, the Father is all knowing. Time is something He created for us, but He is outside of it. He has the big picture. He’s not shocked by our mistakes or shortcomings. They do not catch Him off guard.
He doesn’t use anger to change or grow us. It’s His love that motivates change within us.
Do the riches of his extraordinary kindness make you take him for granted and despise him? Haven’t you experienced how kind and understanding he has been to you? Don’t mistake his tolerance for acceptance. Do you realize that all the wealth of his extravagant kindness is meant to melt your heart and lead you into repentance? Romans 2:4 TPT
You won’t hear Him say, “Really? Again?” He knows the process it will take for you to work through to overcome your stuff and He won’t leave you in it.
You can ALWAYS come to Him and find open arms.
He’s Invested In You
He gave His son as the ransom payment necessary to free you from the debt you earned. The areas of your life where you fall short are not enough to extinguish His love.
We want Jesus to get everything and more that He deserves for the sacrifice He made, but the Father knows your process. He’s declared you worthy. He doesn’t call it quits when you mess up or fall short again.
A book that Mike and I LOVE that helps illustrate this picture beautifully is The Shack by W.M. Paul Young. It’s one of the most influential fiction books I have ever read. I will link to it on Amazon here and highly recommend picking a copy.
He Cares About Your Details
There is this belief in some of us that maybe God’s too busy for our “small stuff” or that He has more important things to tend to. We can fall for the lie that says some things aren't significant enough to bother praying for.
Sometimes it shows up in subtle ways with statements and thoughts like, “I don’t need to pray about that,” or “Well, that’s a silly thing to pray about with all that’s happening in the world.” People will say, “You really pray about things like that?”
Here’s the bottom line: If it matters to you, it matters to Him. Look at the wedding in Cana where they ran out of wine, and Jesus met that need. (John 2) 1 Peter 5:7 invites us to cast ALL of our cares on Him because He cares for us. ALL of them, not just the ones that are huge or socially “significant." He wants it all.
When your baby won’t nap.
When you can't find your keys.
When you're nervous about a report or a result.
When you are trying to get more sleep.
When you want to pick a fight with your husband.
When your dog won’t listen, and it embarrasses you.
Sure all of those are mine, but you get the picture. He cares about ALL the details.
I pray this encourages you. Key takeaway: How does God feel about you? He’s crazy about you! His love for you is vast and extreme! We can get so caught up in falsehoods when it comes to how the Father truly feels about us.
Another super helpful article on this subject is Why God Is Not Like Your Dad. The way we view our own dads, even if they’re great, can really impact how we view the Father. You can read that post here.
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