John, I believe you have a family so this will give you the personal or emotion connection I'm talking about. I may ramble a bit but stay with me to the end. When people read the Bible and read how much God loves us it is hard to truly understand. We don't get the personal or emotional connection even if we are Born Again Christians or are strong believers in the Word of God because, let's face it, it is the written word of another human being.
I firmly believe in the Word of God and I firmly believe He loves us regardless of who we are or what we have done. His love is unconditional. He gives us something to emotionally relate to through the emotional connection with family unit.
Example: Why do I love my grand children more than I love your children? Why do we ache when our children are sick or hurt? Why do you hurt inside when your wife is not feeling well or she has had a difficult day? We love our children unconditionally no matter what they do. We often get upset with them but our love is unconditional. We take pride in what they do and we cherish the time we spend with them. We would do anything for them. Why don't we have the same emotions and feelings for our friends and neighbors and their families?
It is because through the family with all the love, emotion, forgiveness, understanding, etc., God allows us to feel and experience the exact way He feels about us. He loves us unconditionally, He wants us to prosper, He forgives us, He is proud of us. He has His Son lay down His life for us. He has placed in every parent the incredible love for their child just as He loves each of us, His children! Whenever I start to doubt God I think of my family and all is well.