God is infinitely lovable.

One of the Puritan’s, I don’t remember who, said that God is lovable because He is perfect. This idea set me to brainstorming. How is perfection lovable? Why would the imperfect be unlovable, or at least less lovable?

For example, contagious viruses and bacteria are not generally attractive to me. I don’t really like being sick, nor infecting my family. That which damages or destroys is not lovable. But antibiotics? I “love” those things! That which relieves suffering or improves us is welcome; it inspires appreciation. Morally and, in the future, physically, Jesus relieves the suffering and sanctifies and will perfect His own perfectly.

An unjust judge is not lovable. Just ask a victim whose oppressor escaped justice because of a corrupt judge. The upholding of good and punishment of evil is something we want because in the end it prevents a lot of harm to us and our society. One day, Jesus will come to judge with perfect justice and all will be made right.

When it comes to buying flowers in the spring, I am not very attracted to ugly plants or flowers with blemishes. Imperfections like blemishes are a sad blight on what could have been great beauty. But a rose, now that invites relish and amazement. I want to gaze at it, touch it, smell it, perhaps take a picture so I can see it again and again. From bud to full bloom, the more it matures the greater the charm. The more its intricacies and design show, the greater the awe. The more perfect the rose, the greater the delight. So also with Jesus.

What about God is so desirable and alluring that it compels devoted admiration, awe, obedience, and affection? What is so irresistibly attractive that we can’t help loving Him? Following are a few thoughts. I hope you find them encouraging.

God is perfect.

What could be more lovable?

God is truth and the source of truth.
God is wise; in Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

What could be more lovable?

God is exquisitely beautiful.

What could be more lovable?

God is knowable. He makes the knowledge of His existence and power available to humans by general revelation in Creation. He makes the knowledge of His character and of Himself available to humans by special revelation through His Word.

What could be more lovable?

God is good. All of His works are good. All of His intentions toward us are good. God has never sinned against anyone.

What could be more lovable?

God is gracious and grants common grace even to His enemies.
God is just and will bring about perfect, flawless justice.

What could be more lovable?

God is unerringly faithful. He has kept and will keep every promise. He will never fail anyone, never let anyone down. He never does anything that is inherently disappointing.

What could be more lovable?

God is merciful, making forgiveness of sins possible simply on the basis of faith.
God is love, with love so abundant and gracious that He (Jesus) died to pay for the sins of His enemies.

What could be more lovable?

God is life. He gives life to creatures. He generously grants eternal life with Him (He who is most delightful and glorious) to those who repent and trust Him.

What could be more lovable?

God is love and puts His love into Christians. He is the giver of a Christian’s ability to love Him and others.

What could be more lovable?

God is glorious and deserves all glory.

What could be more lovable?

There is no one more lovable than God. What would you add to this list?

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About Linda

Wifing, Singing, Studying, Counseling. I counsel at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center. M.A. in Biblical Counseling. Certified by Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
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