Pastor Sam's Reflections

Awakening to God’s Love
March 10, 2017

Verses for Meditation: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. - Ephesians 2:4-5

As we enter the second week of Lent, as we understand how God is holy, that is, separate and distinct from humanity, it enables to understand how different God's love is when compared to worldly love.  Here is a devotion that helps us see the vast difference:

What can we say about the love of God for His creatures, a love out of which they are not only created and redeemed but also preserved for an eternity of fellowship with Him?  Obviously, nothing we could say could exhaust the full measure of His love.  God's love is always infinitely deeper than our awareness or expression of it.

The Bible is simple when it speaks about God's love, and one of the simple things it says is that God's love is great.  "But because of his great love for us, God…" (Ephesians 2:4).  John 3:16 implies as much by the little word "so:"  "For God so loved the world that…"  Of course, when God says that His love is great, He is not using the word as we do when we say that some relatively normal thing is great - as a great concert or a great dinner.  God is a master of understatement.  So when He says His love is great, He is really saying it is so stupendous that it goes far beyond our understanding.

A person once captured this idea on a card on which John 3:16 was arranged in such a way that the greatness of each part of the verse was evident.  It looked like this:

God                              the greatest Lover
so loved                        the greatest degree
the world                      the greatest act
that he gave                  the greatest gift
that whosoever             the greatest opportunity
believeth                      the greatest simplicity
in Him                          the greatest attraction
should not perish          the greatest promise
but                               the greatest difference
have                             the greatest certainty
everlasting life              the greatest possession

James Montgomery Boice in "Foundations of the Christian Faith"  (in "How Great Thou Art" by Steve Halliday and William Travis)

Take some time to reflect on how God's love is incomparable, it's purity and it's unconditional nature.  If you want to go further, use Psalm 19 for meditation.  In place of "law, precept, testimony," etc. "…of the LORD," replace it with "love."  You will find just how precious God's love is for you!  Have a blessed week embraced in God's love!  - Pastor Sam