Trying to Fathom the Unfathomable Love of God
Lately, my thoughts have been consumed by the immeasurable love of God. This reflection was partly prompted by the book ‘A War of Loves’ by David Bennett (I highly recommend it if you’re interested). We know that God loves us, but His love operates in a way that surpasses our human understanding. It is a love that transcends our comprehension and can only be fully grasped by God Himself.
All we can do is start to explore this:
God’s Love: Beyond Human Measure
Think of someone who loves you deeply. Have you ever felt that their love was diminished in certain moments? Perhaps when you frustrated them or let them down?
God’s love is not influenced by our actions, shortcomings, or fluctuations in our behaviour. His love remains constant and unwavering.
The Depth of God’s Love
Have you ever experienced the excitement of being wooed, only to realise that such intensity cannot be sustained indefinitely?
God’s love is different. It is not bound by the limitations of human emotions or fleeting infatuation. His love endures and remains strong, offering us a constant source of support, comfort, and affection and ‘wooing’!
God’s Unconditional Love
Have you ever found yourself withholding love, thinking that you will give more when certain conditions are met? Certain boxes are ticked?
With God, such limitations do not exist. His love is unconditional and unchanging. He loves us for who we are, not for what we have achieved or what we can offer Him. There is no need to attain a certain level of self-improvement or self-love before we can experience God’s love. He embraces us in all our brokenness and imperfections.
God’s Infinite Capacity
Have you ever questioned whether there is room for you in someone’s life? Have you felt that your capacity for loving and serving is limited? God’s love shatters these doubts. He has infinite room in His heart for each one of us. His capacity to love knows no bounds. No matter how crowded our lives may seem or how limited our abilities, God’s love is always accessible and abundant.
The Trust and Security of God’s Love
In human relationships, trust can be fragile and easily broken. We may feel that trust needs to be earned or re-earned. However, God’s love is not like that. His love is steadfast and unwavering, even when we stumble or face challenges. He extends His love to us unconditionally, without requiring us to earn His trust. His love remains constant, offering us security and assurance.
Some Bible Verses for Further Reflection
John 3:16 (NLT) – For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 15:13 (NLT) – There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Romans 5:8 (NIV) – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4–5 (NIV) – 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.
1 John 4:7-8 (NLT) – Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:17–19 (NLT) – And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) – Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
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