The Likeness of Love


God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him.” – Genesis 1:26-27, emphasis added

Have you ever thought about how profoundly God loves you? You could spend a long time considering it and never plumb the depths of how intensely He cares for you. But one thing is sure — pondering His love will transform your life.

Just think about the fact that the Father made you in His own image. This was a purposeful choice – so important it’s repeated four times in the biblical account. He created you with unimaginable. He created you with unimaginable potential and unquestionable worth – with the ability to experience Him in a deep, intimate relationship. In fact, He wants to pour His life into you and work through you in astounding, eternal ways. His desire is that when people see you, they are reminded of Him (Matthew 5:16).

So no matter how you feel about yourself, embrace the truth: God loves you, longs to shower His goodness upon you, and calls you His own (Isaiah 43:1).

Lord, thank You for loving me. Help me know You better and understand what it means to reflect Your likeness, amen.

In His presence… realize He formed you with profound love.

Excerpted with permission from Every Day in His Presence by Dr. Charles Stanley, copyright Thomas Nelson 2014.

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Dr. Charles F. Stanley has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1971. He is the author of fifty books with more than 6.5 million copies sold. In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on radio and television in fifty languages around the world.

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