That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
One of the most vivid characteristics of God is that he is a God of love. God’s love bleeds into every fabric and fiber of our lives. His love touches every area of our lives. There is nowhere we can go to escape his love. There is no problem that we will encounter that is not touched by his love. There is no advancement that we will make where God is not already there. Even when our world falls apart, we can say, “God, I don’t know why this is happening. I don’t understand it, but I am glad to know you love me.
Lately I have been reflecting and thinking about the steadfast love of God. I come to realize that my love for the Lord and others can be so fickle at times. Some days I am thankful, some days I grumble and complain. If someone does something to irritate me, it is natural for me to become withdrawn. But incredibly, God’s love is steadfast. Immoveable, unchangeable and faithful. God’s love is incomprehensible. God’s unconditional and intense love for fallen humanity motivated the plan of salvation (Revelation 1:5). God’s love motivates His compassion and mercy (love in action). His love brings transformation.
Clearly God is love, 1 John 4:9-10 tells us that In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. God’s love is the foundation of all of life, it is the root that ties us down and nourishes us.
God’s love is the very basis of who we are and all we do. Every phone call we make, every whatsapp message we send, every e-mail we send, every church service we attend, every television programme we watch, every friendship we cultivate is meant to be rooted in the fabulous love of God. If we fail to root deep in the fertile soil of God’s love the only thing that can result is a shallow and sickly life, ending in death.
A few nights ago I dreamt I saw these words written in BOLD on the wall above the clock in my room, “GOD’S LOVE IS PERMANENT”. A sudden calm came over me. I have heard these words, “God loves me” many times and in many different ways, but to think that His love is permanent brought a new perspective to my beliefs. What struck me was how I don’t always live like I believe that “God’s love is permanent.” God’s love is not constrained by my sense of time or limited to our good deeds or lack of it.
While I will be quick to say “God loves me,” if I take an honest inventory of my life, at times I live as if God’s love has an expiration date. It is found in very subtle ways: When I am overwhelmed with life, I’m so busy trying to figure out things on my own that I don’t have time for God’s love (or to think that He actually wants to be a part of my busy schedule. While I do indeed know by experience that God loves me my heart memory fades. But God loves us all no matter where we are in life. His love is unconditional and is without limit. God loves us in all seasons of life. God’s love is permanent and can never fade away. Whether we go forward or backward, up to the heights or down to the depths, nothing will separate us from the love of Christ.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.”
The sum of all this is that no matter how we attempt to measure the love of God, whether in its height, breadth, length or depth, the result is the same. It is infinite in its extent. There can be no greater love than His! And the supreme demonstration of the greatness of God’s love is seen in what it has accomplished for us.
Father, it is so humbling that you love us! May we fully appreciate that you love us in this way. Help us to understand just how much you love us so that when others see us, they see you! Help us to live in such a way that they see your love in us and through us.