For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
I don’t know how many times I have beseeched God with this question, “how can you possible love me?” I see how far short of the goal I come. How I continue to sin again and again. Doing the same things over and over and I just cannot understand how He can continue to love me. I identify with the tax collector at the temple when I too cry out “have mercy on me a poor sinner.” I don’t know how many others go through the same anguish but I assume most of us do. Still as Paul write in today’s verses, God love surpasses all of our understanding. It is a love greater than that of a mother for her child.
As parents we know how much we love our children. We would die for them and do anything to help them. But, even a parent’s love can be strained to the breaking when a headstrong child refuses to do the right thing. Eventually all human love fails us. We drive those that care for us away. We turn from those we love as they hurt us again and again. No, as strong as it is human love is conditional. Eventually if someone wrongs us enough we will turn away.
Fortunately for us, God’s love is unconditional. He loves us always and he will never stop loving us. We can turn from Him. We can curse Him. We can do the opposite of what he wants and He will continue to love us. His door is always open to us. He will always take us back into His arms. Even if we reject Him to our dying breath He still loves us. In fact He loves us so much that He will not force Himself on us. He will honor our decisions.
When we ask Jesus into our life, His love dwells in us and we are made new. We finally experience the love we were created to have, God’s unconditional love.
Have a blessed day,