Often times, I forget how loving God the Father truly is. Sure, He loves His only begotten Son, Jesus, but His love for us is incomprehensible. He sent His Son, Jesus, to us. Jesus tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” – [John 3:16]
Regularly, I act and pray as if Jesus is the all loving God and God the Father is somehow the stern Father more set on vengeance than love. I have to catch myself, because I do this unconsciously. Jesus is the Word, the very expression of God the Father. Jesus showed us that “God is love” [1 John 4:8] in what He did for us.
Yes, looking at the Old Testament may seem like that was a different God, but God was being a Father to humanity. When humanity was young, they had to have lines that are never crossed, so they would obey for their well-being, similar to our children. As humanity grew up, some lines were changed or even eliminated and the reason for these lines were explained, just as our children grow up. They now gain permissions that they never had before and are able to understand the reasons for our rules.
God’s love for us leads Jesus to the cross. We, as finite beings, had created an infinite debt to God, the infinite being, with our sins. It took an infinite being to pay this infinite debt no matter the cost. You are indeed loved.