Discipleship

The Depth of God’s Love

THE DEPTH OF GOD’S LOVE

Benjie Bensing

Alberta Abraham Lake. Photo Credit: flickr.com

Alberta Abraham Lake. Photo Credit: flickr.com

One of the most controversial topic to discuss is the subject that talks about love. Poets immortalized love in their poetry. Heroes and warriors of old fought for love and glory. Kings and rulers desired the love and affection of their subjects for eternity.

In the holy Bible, the inspired Word of God, love is one of the main recurring themes. Knowing God’s love and what it does is supposed to make a difference in our lives. But sometimes disappointments, pain, hardships, heartaches, and loneliness can affect our perception and distort reality. During those times, God’s love seem non-existent, unreal, incomprehensible, prompting us to ask: “does God love me”?

GOD’S LOVE IS THE GREATEST. In 1John 3:1, the Apostle John reminds us how great is the love that the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God. And then, as if something truly incredible has just happened, he excitedly exclaimed: “and that is what we are!” How did it happened? How could somebody so unworthy, so unclean, so wicked, can become children of a holy and righteous God? There is no way on earth that it could have happened. But as it is, there is a way in heaven and God made it possible: He adopted us into His own family!

What is Adoption? Many years ago I heard this story about Adoption from another Sunday School Teacher. And while she was trying to explain the meaning of adoption, she had some difficulty in getting her message across to a class of six-year-old kids. To her relief, one girl volunteered to explain to the class what is the meaning of adoption. The girl was adopted by Christian parents. And to make a long story short, the girl summarized adoption with this words: “My mom told me that as an adopted baby, I did not grow in her tummy but in her heart”.

ADOPTION into the family of God is the proof and effect of God’s great love for us. And in Galatians 3:26, the Apostle Paul says that we are adopted as sons of God “through faith in Christ Jesus”. In the Roman law, an adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full standing of a male heir in the Roman culture. It would confer on the adopted child the entitlement to the same inheritance – whether it is wealth, power, or honor in the community.

May I remind you something today: do not to take lightly what God has done for us through Christ Jesus our Lord!

GOD’S LOVE IS UNSELFISH. God’s love springs out of compassion, benevolence, out of the fullness of His Divine grace. His love does not only seek the good and the beautiful – but seeks out for the salvation of those who are lost, the hopeless, the outcasts, the unworthy. In fact, were if not for God’s love and mercy and grace – I will not be here today in the same way that you will not be here today. God’s love heals the broken-hearted, strengthens the weak, gives rest to the weary and encourages the faint-hearted. To prove that His love is unselfish, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were sinners, Christ died for us”. Romans 5:8 NIV

It’s hard to doubt God’s sacrificial love for us. For one thing, He gave His only begotten Son to save the likes of you and me.

No matter how ugly our past, no matter how dirty the path we have once walked, God’s grace is sufficient for you and for me – to make clean what was once dirty and to make beautiful what was once ugly.

GOD’S LOVE IS UNFAILING. God’s unfailing love: how beautiful it is to experience it. And yet day after day after day, we experience God’s faithfulness in our lives. During the 2011 Libyan Revolution, we experienced God’s faithfulness. Last July 2014 – August 2014, during the time when missiles and rockets were flying indiscriminately, we experienced God’s faithfulness. In fact, we live to see another day because of God’s faithfulness to His promises to us. He is true to His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us!

Regardless of the circumstances you may have – whether good or bad; regardless of your situation – desperate, impossible, or no solution; regardless of the burdens that you bear, God’s love for you never, ever, fails!

If you understand how unworthy you were before God had mercy on you, you will appreciate God’s love and faithfulness all the more.

THE WORLD DOES NOT RECOGNIZE US. In the second part of the text, the Apostle John provided a realistic assessment of what we can expect from the world – now that we know that we have been adopted into God’s own family. He says that the world does not recognize us and for a very logical reason: because the world does not recognize the Father.

The phrase, “you are your father’s son”, reflects an accurate description of believers. It means that if God is merciful, compassionate, loving, forgiving, those who are considered His children are supposed to display such characteristics. By demonstrating or behaving in a similar manner either by imitation or by externalization, a child is validating the fact that he or she is indeed a child of that father.

Since the “world” does not recognize the Father, it may treat you diffently. You may be persecuted because of your faith. But you know what, as long as the Father is the king, as long as Christ Jesus intercedes on your behalf, and as long as the Holy Spirit is leading you – you should not lose heart.

In closing, allow me to ask this question: Can we measure God’s love? The answer according Ephesians 3:17-19 is an indication that it is difficult for us to grasp on our own, with our finite minds, the physical dimensions of His infinite love. Moreso, Psalms 108:4 says that great is God’s love, higher than the heavens, and His faithfulness reaches to the sky. In fact, not even time has sway over God’s love as Psalms 103:17 states that God’s love is “from everlasting to everlasting”. As a matter of record, God’s love is so great that it has no time limit and has no expiration date.

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