He Is Love

God shows His love for us by redestining us for adoption into His family.  In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace. (Ephesians 1:5-6)  God loved us in eternity before we were created, and He planned to make us His children by adoption.  And the aim of this love was “the praise of the glory of His grace.”  He loved us this way that we might praise His grace.
 
God shows His loec for us by creating us
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my bname, whom I created for my glory.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)  If God did not create you, He could not love you.  So creation is part of God’s lvoing you.  He brought you into being that you might enjoy forever all the good He plans for you.  And He did it, he says, for His glory.
 
There are peopel who love and respce you; but if they knew certain things about you, they would change their minds about you.  God knows everything there is to know about you, yet God loves you anyway.  This is the true basis for self-esteem.  God loves you.  Martin Luther said it well; “God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because God loves us.”
 
Why does God, who loves us so much?
The answer is this; Love us this way is the greatest love.  The reason this is such a great love is that self, no matter how glorified by God (Romans 8:30), will never satisfry a heart that is made for God.  God lvoes you infitely.  He sent His son to die that He might have you, and that you might have Him (1 Peter 3:18). He will not let you settle for wonderful and happy thoughts of self or others.  Not even a saved, glorified self.  He will not let your glory, which He himself creates and delights in, replace His glory as your ultimate treasure.  God’s attitude toward us is love.  The Word declares God loves us. First John 4:8 says, “God is love.”  God personifies love.