2“I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob; 3but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.” Malachi 1:2-3
In a myriad number of ways God has shown His love to His people. He shows it in the creation. He shows it in life and all of the things that sustain life. Rain and sunshine are proof of his love. His choice to save people through Jesus Christ is love. So it’s a sad condition for people to not see it to the point that they ask, as Israel did, ‘how have you loved us?’ Why are people loved and they do not know it? One reason is because they have stopped recognizing real love and they equate getting everything they want with being loved. If they sin and are punished, they equate that with not being loved. So to recognize God’s love for us, we need to strive to conform to God’s will because He does love and does bless those who believe and obey Him. God loves the world and desires for all to be saved through His Son Jesus Christ.
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