It is true that the Lord loves us. He loves us beyond measure. John 3:16 speaks of that boundless love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Can you imagine a greater love than that…that God would give His only begotten Son for us, that we might be saved from our sins? We read in 1 John 4:9, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

I hope we’ve been able to establish, from the scriptures, that the Lord does love us. I can appreciate your concern. You say you can’t ‘feel’ God’s love. Although we sometimes can’t ‘feel’ God’s love, we see from these verses that the love of God has been made obvious through His gift of eternal life through the death of His Son. Realizing that the Lord does love us, why is it sometimes that we can’t detect His love in our lives?

Perhaps the Lord is chastening you because of sin in your life. That is an act of his love. We read of our Heavenly Father in Hebrews 12:6, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

Perhaps the Lord is bringing you through a difficult ‘trial of faith’. That is an act of His love. James 1:2-3 tells us, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Perhaps the Lord is allowing you to go through great times of persecution. That is also an act of His love. Romans 5:3-5 says, “…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Perhaps you have prayed for healing, but your prayers seem to go unanswered. That is an act of His love. The Apostle Paul prayed three times to have his infirmity removed, but the Lord chose not to remove it. Paul learned that all He needed was the grace of God. He said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Whatever it is you’re going through. No matter how much it may ‘feel’ like the Lord doesn’t love you. You can rest firmly in the Word of God that He does love you and is working in your life so that you might be, “…conformed to the image of his Son” as we have in Romans 8:29. (164.5)