“For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” John 16:27 NKJV
I have heard multiple times about how people who never had a good example of love from an earthly father oftentimes struggle to relate to our Heavenly Father and because of that have a difficult time receiving His love. While I don’t doubt that there is some truth to that, the problem seems to be that we put God on the same level as an earthly father. Surely, there is an element of humanity with the Father. However, He is awesomely divine and, in many ways, not like us at all. Our earthly fathers on their best days can never be all things to us. Yet, our Heavenly Father’s weakness is stronger than men could ever be. His foolishness is wiser than the wisest of us all. (1 Cor. 1:25 NKJV)
It appears more so that the problem is not with God at all. No, the problem is with how we see ourselves. If we struggle to see ourselves as people worthy of love, then it hardly matters where the love comes from. We will talk, think, and believe our way out of receiving it. I have come to realize that God doesn’t love me because I am so awesome and great and always do His will. He loves me because He is so awesome and great and always does His will. My actions do not and can never dictate the love of the Father towards me. Yet, Jesus said the levels of intimacy that we have with the Father totally depend on receiving and believing in the Son. Yes, God loves the world and everyone in it. However, there remains levels of deep intimacy reserved only for His children. Those that know Him as Father. Those who fully receive His Son. They are the children of a loving Heavenly Father.