“The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees. Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.” —Psalm119:64-66
Most believers are so disconnected from the reality of God’s astonishing, frightfully lavish love for us that they totally miss out on 99 percent of what they could experience in their everyday walk with Christ. They treat God like an employer, a business partner, a judge, a traffic cop, class captain, school Principal—anything but a lover. They rarely feel His passion, love, or pleasure. Perhaps they tell themselves that feeling it is not all that important, as long as they are obeying His commands, reading the Bible, and keeping up the spiritual disciplines. But as a consequence of this dryness, they rarely feel love or pleasure of any kind. Most believers put prayer in the “sacrifices-I-make-for-God” category, but that only happens when you live with a total misconception of who God is.
You may not understand: God is not a boring fuddy-duddy who wears slippers and putters around heaven feeling constantly perturbed.
God loves with agape, the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you, that you might have everlasting life. His love is not based on performance. Christ loves you so much that while you were yet a sinner, He died for you.
The story of the prodigal son told by Jesus was exceptionally ordinaire, it culminates what Love stands for. Read this…
“While he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming and was filled with loving pity. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” I think that the reason he saw his son coming while he was still a long distance away was that he was praying for his son’s return and he has spent much time each day watching that lonely road on which his son would return.”
God demonstrated His love for us before we were Christians, but this story makes it obvious that God continues to love his child who has strayed far from Him. He eagerly awaits his return to the Christian family and fellowship.
The love that God has for you is far beyond our human comprehension. Jesus prayed, “My prayer for all of them (the disciples and believers of all ages) is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father…I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one — so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.”
Think of it! God loves you as much as He loves His begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Jeremiah the Prophet wrote in the Book of Lamentations that:
“Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:22-25 NKJV
When we look into His heart, He reveals to us what He looks like emotionally and what we look like to Him. The result turns our brains and hearts inside out. You can’t get over it! It’s like falling in love for the first time. He absolutely burns with love for you!
Let each one say with Paul, “For I am convinced (persuaded) that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep Gods’ love away from us. Our fears for today, or worries about tomorrow or where we are — high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean — nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us.”
His Love is unchanging,
Malachi 3:6″I am the Lord God, I change not, bounds by my Word, that is why you are not consumed.” Such love is beyond our ability to grasp with our minds, but it is not beyond our ability to experience with our hearts.
Father, I don’t want to miss one fraction of 1 percent of what You have planned for me. I’m ready, O God, to do or be whatever You want me to do or be.