((I am SO sorry I have been neglecting this blog lately. Some of the reasons are that I have been thinking of making a different SEPARATE blog that details stuff I have decided not to put for here on this one and also I have been insecure and thinking I won’t be able to post good stuff. I am sorry again))
Have you ever thought of God’s love for you? I know that this post is being written in time for Valentine’s Day (yeah, but I am not that sappy!) but have you ever thought of how vast and wide God’s love is for you?
If you measured its vastness to how much the Lord loves the world (the people in it I mean by “world”) could you be able to measure it?
One of my favorite hymns is called “The Love of God.” Strangely, the song doesn’t use much scripture in it (in fact the third part, my favorite verse, contains absolutely no quotes from God’s Word at all!) but what the hymn is though is a great image of what God’s love is which is for all of us in this world whether we love Him or want to ignore and reject Him. In the verse it reflects how enormous God’s love is. Can it be measured? Let’s read and find out:
Could we with ink the ocean fill /And were the skies of parchment made /Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill / And ev’ry man a scribe by trade / To write the love of God above /Would drain the ocean dry /Nor could the scroll contain the whole /Tho stretched from sky to sky.
That I feel is such a great way to explain the love of God. It says in God’s word “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3). God’s grace has no exceptions! There is no “Anyone here on earth can be saved, except….” because Jesus died for anyone and all of us in this world. When we all sinned we broke the perfect fellowship we had with our father. Because of the fall of man we fell further and further away from God’s love because we only would seek our own selfishness and pleasure. That was what caused God to wonder if He could ever deem us worthy to be His creation anymore. By that I mean that we were so sinful He wondered if He should wipe us all out in death so that we would never be on this earth again!
But after what God had done that was the Great Flood He still spared a few of us. He still wanted us to know Him again and He even had a small handful of people that He told to spread forth and multiply. But us as fallen humans what happened after that? The small some who were spared wanted to glorify themselves and live only in one place. The ones decided to show off how great they were by building a gigantic tower (the Tower of Babel) and show the world how great the ones are as a people. So God punished sin again and divided our speech, creating multiple languages. (Genesis Chapters 7-11).
Now I know there were a LOT more details to those sections of scripture but think about them for a moment to reflect of God’s love and mercy. To see how many chances God gave His people that He created is such a wonderful way to see His grace. We do not deserve at all what He gives us because God chooses to keep loving us and giving us time to know and get to know Him.
Jesus loves us!
I know that is a simple sentence but we have got to remember the one savior that is Jesus and the choice He made so that we may live. In that history God finally sent His son into the world so that He would be crucified as the sacrifice for our sins. That means that He took our place and died on the cross that was our punishment so that He would take it and die so we would not go to hell. Jesus died and rose again because He wanted us all to know Him.
Jesus knew the father wanted Him to die on the cross and He did so willingly. God the father loves our soul. He wants us to one day be with Him because He loves us so much.
Do you realize how much Jesus loves you? Do you realize the impact of how much His father gave by sending His son who was also God to die on the cross?
He did it because He loves you so much.
This final thing I want to tell you touched my heart when I realized I could tell people this and felt it was (another) way to tell people the huge vastness of God’s love.
Probably many know this verse. John 3:16. It is such a popular verse it is sometimes satirized and people may say it to the point they have lost the meaning of the words.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus the son of God died so that you would live. God loved you in the world so much that He gave His ONLY son that you would not die and go to a place called hell but have eternal life.
Now look at this. What is your name? Take the words “the world” and replace it with your name. Repeat the verse with the two words with your name in it. Now see God’s love for you.
Hope you have a great week and meditate on God’s love this week and onwards.