Why Does God Love Man?

Why Does God Love Man? “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” Gen. 1:26 I grew up working with older men, specifically, my grandfather. I spent countless hours with my grandfather. He was very close to me, and we had a close bond. It has been a few years since his passing. However, every once in awhile I will meet an older man who reminds me of him. I can’t help but be attracted. I see my grandfather in a different “earth suit.” I see the attitudes, the hard work, the fiery temper, and I always know where I stand with them. I see him in them! There is just such a fellow on the islands in the jungles and I always try to stop and see him, just to spend the day. I love the man in his own right, but I also love the characteristics that I loved in my grandfather. Now to my question. Why does God love man? How could He not? We are made in His image. “Let Us make man in Our image.” My personal belief is that Jesus started the dialogue. I believe He is the one who made the suggestion for He is the lover of my soul, the One who would become a man, the One who would conquer and suffer for me, and the One who would live in me. There was agreement and man was created “in Our image.” When the Father looks at man, he sees however faintly, the Son. We are not the Son but He sees the Son in us. How can He not love us? John 5:20: “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing.” When the Son looks at man, he sees dimly, the Father. We are not the Father but He sees something of the Father in us! How could He not love us? We remind Him of the Father He loves so much. Oh yes, be assured, we are loved by the Father and the Son. It is not because of what we now are but of whom we remind them. It is the glory of God that with each passing day Jesus lives through us, the faint image that He held will give way to a brighter one. Once again, it all comes down to Jesus. 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”

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