A little girl once prayed, Dear God, I bet it's very hard for You to love everybody in the whole world. There are only four people in my family, and I can never do it!

God's love is even more remarkable when you consider what David said in Psalm 139:1–2, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. … You perceive my thoughts from afar.”

That psalm tells you God is familiar with all your ways. He's never surprised by what words tumble out of your mouth. He never misunderstands you. He knows what rules you walk by. He knows what end you walk toward. You're fully known by Him—and still deeply loved.

God's great love for you is a love without conditions. He loves you not for being good, clever, or pretty, or for going to church. He loves you. Period.

How do you know God loves you? Because He came and died for you—and not because you were a good or innocent person. In fact, your actions and attitudes led you to turn your back on God, and yet He loved you anyway. But that's the nature of love. Romans 5:8 tells us, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God's love is not about who we are but who He is.

More articles on this topic:
Ask Stuart: How do I know God loves me?
Embrace the gift of His outrageous Love
A word from Pete: Grace unwrapped

Resources on this topic:
How Much I'm Loved CD series or USB drive (special offer)
God's Love for Us
Who Are You, God?