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The Love of God

There are so many hymns that attempt to show the abundance of God’s love. Something about this particular song, touches me more than all the rest. It’s impossible to capture God’s love in a hymn or a poem. This song acknowledges that impossibility within it’s prose.

Have you ever thought about the magnitude of God’s love? It’s not something we can truly fathom. Our ability to love seems great, but it isn’t even a drop in an the ocean compared to the infinite love of God. I know that I cannot imagine sacrificing my son for anyone. Yet, God did just that. Not only that, when your think about it, he sacrificed Himself.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God’s love can be overwhelming. When I think about Him choosing to save me despite all the rotten things I’ve done in my life, I don’t understand. I can’t understand why He would choose to save me. How can any of us really understand why He would choose to offer salvation to all of us, even the most wretched among us?

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Last night, at prayer meeting, the pastor went over verses that talked about God’s love. Shortly after arriving home, I had another reminder of God’s love that escapes me now (don’t you hate when your mind betrays you?). This morning I woke up to a “memory” on Facebook of a verse I posted a year ago today.

2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

In my Facebook news feed this morning there was a meme with a verse that pastor brought up last night. One of the greatest verses in the Bible to show the vastness of God’s love.

Romans 8:38
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.

Some days, when we don’t “feel” God’s presence strongly in our lives, it is easy to forget how much he truly loves us. We find ourselves thinking about all things we’ve done that may have displeased Him and caused Him to walk away from us. We need to remember that God’s love is there, we need to move back to it. God chastises us when do wrong, but that is another example of His great love for us!

Hebrews 12:7-8
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

 For God to deal with us as children, we need to endure His chastening. He chastens us for our own growth and benefit.
We also need to remember that sometimes our “feelings” of inadequacy and failure are not from God at all. They may be from our flesh, the world and the devil. Sometimes praying about it and asking God to reveal to us anything that is amiss in our walk with Him will reveal whether or not the feelings we are experiencing are really from God. Always remember that the heart cannot be trusted.
Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Trusting God and His love will always produce better results than trusting our feelings will.
Share your thoughts on God’s love below.
(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)

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