Maribel was ecstatic when she heard Compassion was helping add classrooms to the small church where her Child Sponsorship Program was located in Bolivia. Now she and her friends could attend without the distractions of overcrowding. When asked why that meant so much to her, Maribel said, “We are learning more than before. We like learning about God and how he loves us.”
When children join Compassion’s program, they start to understand who God is and what he is like. But learning about God’s attributes isn’t just for children. Even the most basic grasp of God’s character provides comfort in hard times and compels us to love and serve those in need.
More than anything, the Bible makes it clear that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He isn’t just loving, but he is the very definition of love. He loves us because he created us. His affection is unconditional. He both generates and demonstrates love — and that love endures forever (Psalm 100:5).
Let’s consider a few of God's other attributes that demonstrate his love for us.
God Is Always Present
Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Paul wrote that God’s Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). In the Psalms, David proclaimed it impossible to escape God’s presence (Psalm 139). In other words, the Creator is not bound by his creation. He is fully present wherever we go, and his Spirit even lives inside us. As Hebrews 4:13 says, “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.”
Knowing this means so much for believers, especially those facing difficulties. Sponsored children learn that no matter who they are or where they live, God is with them. This comforts those experiencing the isolation of poverty. Living in dark, small homes, they may spend hours alone as their parents try to earn money. Some may even have been orphaned. The knowledge that God loves them and is always with them can lift their spirits. Imagine the confidence boost a child experiences when they hear that God is present when they are sad and when they are happy. He loves them and will never abandon them.
God Is Just