Alpha Ministries, Inc
|Posted on 2 March, 2021 at 10:35|
All my life I have consistently underestimated the love of God for myself and others. Although I have grown spiritually to the point where I can recognize his love at work in my life and those around me, I still have a difficult time comprehending the full dimensions of his love. About the time I think I have some understanding of his love I realize I am just scratching the surface. His love is a lot more inclusive than I thought, a lot deeper than I thought, a lot longer than I thought, and a lot higher than I thought.
God’s love is so wide that includes the whole world. There is no one that ever has lived or ever will live that God has not loved. Perhaps the most amazing thing about his love in this respect is that it is totally unconditional. Paul wrote, “But God proved his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5: God didn’t wait for us to clean up our lives and behave ourselves before he loved us. He loved us just as we were. Such unconditional love is beyond our natural ability to understand or practice.
In addition, God’s love is so deep that that it can only be described as sacrificial. As John writes, “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son…” (John 3: 16) There are a lot of things I may be willing to sacrifice to love others, but if it came down to me sacrificing my only child I could not do it. In describing God’s sacrificial love for the world the closest we can come to understanding the full depth is to think of sacrificing our only child. While this idea doesn’t do it justice it gives us a glimpse of the cost God paid to love us.
The length of God’s love embodies the idea of how consistent it is. Because God is love and he is eternal there is no variance or inconsistency in his love. God loves us this very minute as much as he ever has, and he will love us in the future as much as he does today. His love never varies since it is not conditioned upon our behavior. There is nothing you can do to get God to love you more than he does right now. And there is nothing you can do to cause him to love you less. As Paul writes in Romans 8, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Finally, the height of God’s love is only glimpsed when we understand the position he has given us in Christ. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 2: 4-7, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.” Although I do not fully comprehend the love of God, what I know about it is enough for me to trust him with my life and all that I have.