In Genesis we find that we were all created by God Himself in His very image. In ways, I am like God because He made me that way. So are you. So is your neighbor. So is your enemy. I think that shows God’s love, that He made us like Him.
In the rest of the first five books, we find many commandments of God. He says these commandments are good for us. God surely should know the best way for us to live since He is our Maker. Trying to follow those commands will make us happier people.
In the next books we see the development of God’s people, Israel. God chose them though they were undeserving: His love. He stuck with them though they were often rebellious: His love. Christians today are spiritual Israel, the successors to physical Israel.
In the books of poetry we find deeply moving and emotional expressions of man’s frustration with the bad things that happen in this life. But God is always shown to be there, to never abandon us, and to be our Rock of refuge. Next time you are depressed, read carefully some of the psalms.
The prophets continue to develop the theme of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate expression of God’s love for us. He bears the guilt of sin on our behalf. God’s people are promised an ultimate reward. This is fulfilled for spiritual Israel in heaven.
The gospels present to us the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time you read the words of Jesus, you are blessed with an increased insight into God’s love and an increased appreciation of the Christ-like lifestyle.
The epistles discuss who Christ is and give practical help in our attempts to live like He lived. We have a life’s purpose, a reason for our existence. It is to reflect the image of Christ to the world.
Bible reading and meditation always helps me see God’s love for me. Unworthy as I am, He loves me anyway.
God bless you!
And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7 NKJV)
- The above passage is sometimes called the Golden Text of the Old Testament. Notice the contrast between thousands versus three and four. God had a thousand times rather be merciful than vengeful.
“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? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NKJV)
“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 NKJV)
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NKJV)