But I recently wondered: what does the Bible say God loves?
I usually find some interesting stuff when I dig up lists like these, and this one is no exception. Some of these were no-brainers. Some of the specifics surprised me, though.
What do you think?
If you think this is interesting, please share!
A few takeaways:
- The individual types of people really challenge me. God loves the aliens (the travelers far from home). According to Peter, Christians are the same kinds of people (1 Pe 1:1). It’s motivation to be more hospitable to others.
- Wow, God loves a cheerful giver. How do I think about contributing to my local church? How do I think about supporting missionaries? When I give, am I cheerful? I really should be: it makes God smile.
- The identity of “the disciple whom Jesus loved” is traditionally attributed to John, but the Gospel specifically calls out Lazarus as one Jesus loves—before anyone else in the book. I’ll be spending more time exploring Ben Witherington’s thoughts on this: he suggests that Lazarus is in fact the disciple Jesus loves.
- How deep the Father’s love for us! How vast—beyond all measure!
It’s pretty cool stuff, huh?