Has anyone ever told you that you don’t really know what love is? Chances are, they’re probably right.
No matter how far along life’s journey we get, I’m not sure that any of us will ever be able to fully comprehend the depth and the weight of God’s love for us and the magnitude of all that He has done. Ephesians 3:10 reminds us that we are striving to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge”.
So what makes this love that God has for us so big that we can’t quite wrap our minds around it? God’s love for us is a direct overflow of His character. Jeremiah 10:12 tells us that “God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding”.
God, in His infinite power and wisdom, created the very world we live in today. He breathed His own breath into our lungs in hopes that we, His own creations, might walk in a relationship with Him, our Father. He made this world and said that it was good, until we lost sight of our love for Him and walked away from His truths. As Adam and Eve brought sin into the world for all of us, we lost sight of what true, intimate love with God looks like. Our sin caused separation, as a perfect God could never be a part of something as imperfect as us.
Only perfection could bridge the gap that our sin created, and as we all know, we are never really able to live in perfection. But God, who continued to love us in the midst of our unfaithfulness, gave us a greater gift than we could ever imagine. He sent His own son, as perfect as God Himself, to live among us, to show us the way, and then to take the weight of all of our sins to His death on the cross. Because of His sacrifice, we now have the opportunity to walk in forgiveness and again be unified with God, just as we were created to be.
With the opportunity to be unified with God comes the growing knowledge of His love. As we spend time getting to know the heart of God, we begin to grasp more and more of the beauty of His love story. We understand love for others only out of an overflow of Christ’s selfless love for us. 1st John 4:19 reminds us that “We love because He first loved us”. If we are not seeking to know His love more, we are not able to fully love those around us.
Do you fully grasp the weight of His love in your life? Do you know it more clearly than you did yesterday? I pray that we each remember today just how much He has done for us and how very worthless our lives are without His love and grace. We do nothing to deserve to be loved the way we are, and I pray today that the Gospel is fresh on your mind and heart. Let His words dwell in you as you walk through today, seeking to understand His love more and to love others well as an overflow.