"I just want to know that God loves me and that He cares about what I am going through..."
I can't count how many times, in some form or another, I have heard people say this. Yet, the Bible is full of God telling us that He loves us. His actions, His Word, His intentions; they all speak love for us. The biggest thing He ever did to prove His love to us was sending Jesus to this earth, watching Him suffer and die for our sins.
You see, know matter how much it hurts Him, He cannot lie. So, if He says something has to happen for something else to happen, then it will be so, no matter what. God said, in the Old Testament, that we had to sacrifice a lamb without blemish, sprinkle its blood on ourselves and the altar, and burn it for each and every sin that we committed. After a while, that would get expensive, don't you think? And, if you were poor, it would be impossible! I don't know about you, but I don't think any amount of money in the world could purchase enough lambs to pay for my sins.
So, God did us a favor. He sent Jesus:
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus was the Lamb that God sent to be the final payment for each and every sin we have ever, or will ever commit. All we have to do is realize that we have sinned, and pray that God forgives us IN JESUS' NAME. If we don't use the name of Jesus in that prayer, it means nothing.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
God did this because He loves us.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
"But, how do I know God loves ME?"
Simple. Do you have the capacity to love? Do you practice love?
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
So, when someone tells me they wish that God would do something to show them that He loves them, I say, "He already did! Two thousand years ago, He sent you Jesus. And, Jesus is with you today!"
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
If you do not feel love in your heart at any time, then God is not with you. But, if you love, then God is in it! That is how you know that He is there.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Those who ask the question, "Does God love me?" are fearful. They wonder if the suffering of this world is all that they have to look forward to. And, if God cares, why doesn't He do something?
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
This type of torment leads to depression and hopelessness. It can lead to anger against God and man. It causes more problems in your life than it solves. Love, on the other hand, dissolves any problem you can have. It makes those problems that won't go away bearable. It provides fulfillment. When you act in love, you are letting God live through you.
1 Corinthians 12:
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
(Because I like to teach others what I know, I jokingly refer to myself as God's appendix. The appendix helps the immune system to stay strong in the human body).
So, in serving God, all He is asking us to really do is to love one another. If we can do that, then all other things fall into place, and His will can be made perfect in your life. Your life will have no choice but to glorify Him. And, every door that opens to you will be an act of God on your behalf.
Therefore, as an imperfect human being who is learning to love like Jesus loved, it starts not to matter whether others love me back, or treat me with kindness, respect, honor, or any other way that is good. Love is something you are supposed to practice with even your enemies, those who mistreat you, misjudge you, hate you, and persecute you. When you can say:
2 Corinthians 12:15
“And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
That is when you KNOW that God is with you, and that He DOES love YOU!