God and I…
September 7th, 2019
I found myself thinking, this morning, about all those who I’ve heard over the years, saying ‘God wouldn’t want anything to do with the likes of me’, or something similar.
In effect what they are saying is in the state they find themselves they can’t imagine that God would still love them. Or for that matter, would have ever found it in Himself to love a person such as they are.
Sadly, anyone who would say anything of the sort would simply be repeating the words of the devil whispering words of defeat and doubt in their ears.
Our capacity to love cannot be used to gauge the love of God. To even attempt to use the maximum ability any human being can have to love anything or anyone, as a baseline to contrast God’s love is preposterous. It would be akin to comparing, a single speck of dust, to all soil contained in every planet, in every solar system, in every galaxy, in every universe.
Did that last element in that sentence get your attention? Are you presuming there is only one universe? There could be more. We have not been able to quantitate the extent of our own universe, let alone determined if there is or isn’t other universes beyond our own.
The point is, we simply cannot compare those two things with any level of accuracy. We don’t have the understanding required to fathom the contrast let alone know the parameters. The same is true of God’s Love. It is literally beyond measure.
Yet, how common it is, we will use our own personal experience, our ability, or lack thereof, of love; in order to provide a framework for us to know God’s Love. Not only can it not be accomplished, even trying to get there is waste of time.
For this precise reason, Paul stated…
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (CSB)
If Paul, being the Apostle he was, couldn’t define anything in existence that could separate us from God’s Love, is there any way possible that we, through our own experience and world view, dimension God’s Love, or even hope to contrast it.
One of the most known and quoted scripture verses is John 3:16.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (CSB)
You will find several commentaries that comment about this verse in John, but I have yet to find one that focuses in on this measure of God’s Love for us.
Different translations come at this from different angles, but the essence is the same. It’s God saying, ‘I love you this much, that I gave you life’, ‘I love you so much and here is how I’ve proved it’, ‘I love you enough, that I would and did, give my Son’s life in exchange for yours’.
I can see in my mind’s eye, a father looking lovingly at his child saying, ‘Do you know how much I love you? I love you so much that I’m going to do this for you! In fact, that’s not the limit of my love it is just the beginning of my love for you!’
Quite simply without saying it in so many words God is asking us if we have any concept of just how limitless His love is for us?’. And we don’t!
Just because we can’t measure it, because we are not able to fathom it, even though we are unable to wrap our minds around it; we know it is so much more love than we have ever known. And to be loved like that, we should want to be as close as possible to it; certainly not deny it!
God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
1 John 4:9-11 (CSB)
See, He puts that love He has in us. Through Jesus His Son, he has made a means of us experiencing this love without being able to fully understand its volume; it’s grace!
The Grace of Jesus, His Son.
Therefore, if anyone thinks or says God can’t possibly love them, they are wrong on more levels than they or can imagine. We can’t fathom just how wrong they are, because God IS Love; period.
Some try to distort this fact, because of all the harm and hurt in the world while others say how could a God who loves condemn people to eternal damnation. The thing is, He is full of Love, and at the same time, He is full of justice as well.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (CSB)
Jesus has made a way to not face the penalty of death for our sinfulness. God isn’t willing that any should perish but all should come to salvation in His Son.
But we have the freedom to make that choice and when we don’t avail ourselves of that choice, we will face the punishment for our sins, even though Jesus has already paid our debt.
Which is another thing that we find difficult to understand, about God’s love.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
Ephesians 2:4-5 (CSB)
Celebrate today, and every day for that matter, the love that God has for us, expressed so purely through the sacrifice of His Son for us. God saw the cost of all that sin and because of the love he has for us, gave His Son to cover every bit of it. We only, through faith in what Jesus did for us, have to accept that gift of grace, to be freed from our sin, and enter into kinship with God Almighty; becoming “Inseparable!”
Not to take advantage of this is a ‘waste of grace’.
In His Grace!