Once again, I apologize for the inconsistency of my posts (life at the Grove can get a little busy) but I couldn’t be more excited about the post for today. What is it? Gods love. That’s right- his perfect, all-consuming, unconditional love.
L-O-V-E. We toss around this four letter word right and left neglecting the weight of its meaning. Do we really understand the love of God? I don’t think we will ever fully understand it because of our finite-human minds. It’s hard to comprehend an eternal, unconditional, perfect love when there is no tangible representation of it here on earth. There may be good models of this love such as my dad’s love for me, or the love of a soldier who gives his life for his comrade, or a God-fearing man who loves his wife. However, each of these representations is tainted by sin. The only perfect example of love to ever exist on earth has been the love of Jesus. His death on the cross was truly the greatest act of love the world has ever and will ever know. God loved us enough to send his own son to die for us. Jesus loved us so much he died regardless of this sin we would commit before salvation and regardless of the sin we would commit after salvation. Jesus died knowing that some would never care about his sacrifice and that others would reject him. He died knowing that his father would turn his face on him and he died knowing that we would never be able to fully repay him. This love is an amazing love.
I think many of us know intellectually that God loves us but fail to grasp the depth of his love. If we understood just how high, wide, and deep his love is, we would be continually humbled by the thought of the cross. Not only that, but we would never question his ways. If we understood the depth of his love we would be completely satisfied by it and would stop chasing after the approval of the world. If we understood this love we would be compelled to stop living for ourselves, and instead live for him.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Because God’s nature is unchanging and free from sin we can conclude that there are some things God can’t do when it comes to his love. One, he can’t stop loving us and two, he can’t love us any less. Isn’t that neat? No matter how much we mess up and sin, he still loves us just as much as he did before the creation of the world. The love that was shown to us on the cross, is the same love that is felt for us everyday by this awesome God. He loves us in a way that no one will ever be able to. This love is eternal and there is nothing and nobody that can take it away from us.
I know I continue to struggle with grasping this divine love. Here are some quotes and verses that have helped me to better understand it,
- “We are the apple of his eye.”
- “God looks on us and he smiles.”
- “Jesus loves you so much he would die all over again if he had to.”
- “He has paid us the inexorable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.” C.S. Lewis
- We love because he first loved us. 1 john 4:19
- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I leave you with this: Does Christ’s love compel you to live for him? If not, step back and think about why. Do you understand how much he loves you?
Don’t forget to check out the last few posts! There is some “sweet” stuff you might have missed.