The Love of Christ

Have you ever felt in love with a person? Not only did the warm fuzzies fill your entire being, but you felt invincible. Things just seemed right with the world? If love is this wonderful on a human level, imagine the experience of a heavenly Father who IS love. God doesn’t just act in love, He is love.

I have tried to wrap my mind around this at times. Unfortunately, it ends up with me not being able to comprehend or grasp the depth of love that I know is available through Jesus.
The most quoted verse of the Bible is John 3:16 (NIV), “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God so LOVED the world. This includes you and me. So here we learn that because of love Jesus came into the world.

We know the quality of love, Jesus laid down His life so we can live. The quality was pure and once and for all. But what about the quantity? Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV), “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” There is nothing that can measure the amount of love that the Lord has for us. Just when you think you have done the same thing wrong for the twentieth time, love comes in to forgive you. When you think you have failed and are no longer worthy of love, love says, “I can go deeper.” When you have run away from Jesus and turned your back on Him, his love says “I am wider than the Grand Canyon and My outstretched arms with nail holes will reach you to bring you back to Me.”

Oh Lord, thank you for this tremendous amount and quantity of love. Yet friends, it does not stop there. When we are rooted and grounded in His love, then our fears dissipate, and we find rest and peace. (Perfect love casts out all fear; 1 John 4:18).

Next time your mind starts wondering toward worry, remind yourself of the love of God. Circumstances do not dictate how loved you are. Do not allow the enemy to try to sway your thoughts that you are unloved because you are enduring a hardship or trial. Speak the truth of the vastness of love the Father has and bestows upon you. Then, you can weather the storm in the arms of your Savior.

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