What to Do When You Start Doubting God’s Love
Written by T.M. Gaouette | October 17, 2015
Ladies, have you ever doubted God’s love for you? In times of major stress, struggle and suffering, do you wonder if God really loves you?
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. (1 John 4:16)
Let’s be clear: This isn’t about believing in the existence of God, but rather about believing that God actually loves us. You know, it’s so much easier to feel the love of God when things are going well in our lives, but what about in those moments of anguish? Can you feel the love then? Does that really exist?
What can you do when you start doubting God’s love for you? Remind yourself of the truth of His love! How? Here are some ways:
- Read scripture. It’s the Truth. Scripture reminds us of God’s sacrifice and the passion of Christ. It also reminds us, through the many books, that God’s ultimate desire is for all of us to join Him for eternity in Heaven. Now that’s love.
- Get to know Him more. If you spend the majority of your time getting to know God—not just by reading about Him, but also in prayer and by serving Him and following His commandments—then you will recognize the love that God has for us. And ultimately, you’ll know that God’s love is not always visible, but rather requires much faith and understanding.
- Don’t let your negative sentiment consume you. You really can’t allow yourself to be lost in thoughts of abandonment. Satan will grab hold of your emotion and pull you further into your doubt. He wants you to question God’s love because, if fostered, the feeling will lead to complete loss of faith altogether.
- Don’t give up on Him. Sometimes it will feel as if we’ve been forsaken. Remember that Jesus also felt forgotten on the cross when He called out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). But although we will all experience such moments, we just can’t give up on Him.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Ladies, have you ever doubted God’s love for you? What have you done to remind yourself that He does love you?