Love that surpasses knowledge.
It’s very difficult to explain, but when you have loved your spouse for decades you experience what this means. When you love a child and do what you never dreamed you could do for another human being, you understand this phrase. And when you stand before God, adopted as a full heir of all his great riches, a full sibling to Jesus Christ the Lord, and know you are seen as holy, without reproach, and blameless, you begin to understand this phrase.
Sometimes the mere thought of the love God has toward us is more than overwhelming. When I think of my shortcomings, when I consider my struggles, when temptations cause me to stumble I wonder how could a God so holy and so divine still love me. Then I turn and look into the eyes of my husband of 38 years, my children and grandchildren . . . they are not perfect, they miss the mark more than just a few times every day, they stumble and fall because of imperfect motives and desires, but my love for them not only remains strong in spite of it all, it grows with each passing day! And yet, this devoted and faithful love I have toward them pales in comparison to the love God has for us!
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Take some time today to consider just how greatly our God loves us. Contemplate His faithfulness even when we’re not so faithful. Consider the purity of His love and the promise He has made to us that His love will never fail. He deserves our love, worship, and sacrificial obedience in return. Where else can we find a love so perfect and so complete? Who on earth can possibly love us like our God? What will you offer Him today as your reasonable act of worship in response to His great and abundant and perfect love toward you?
Holy and incredible God, help me to comprehend the depth of Your love toward me. Lord, forgive me when I fall, pick me up when I stumble, and restore me when I fail, teach me to show my love toward You in greater measure each new day. Father, words are not enough to express, deeds seem empty and meaningless . . . all I do to show my love toward You pales in comparison to all You have done for me. Father, my heart’s desire is to know You in experience just as I know You in faith, that I might be more like You with each new day because of Your endless love toward me. Teach me to love as You have loved me … in Jesus’ name, amen.
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