The depths of God’s love
Many people are pretty nonchalant about love. We’re fairly relaxed and informal toward what we love and how we express love. We tell our parents that we love them then turn around and add a heart-eye emoji to the Instagram pic of our favorite Starbucks drink. We demonstrate love to our boyfriend through intimate contact after expressing a deep and passionate praise to our Lord. It’s hard to understand the depths of God’s love when we’re so casual and sometimes careless with our expression.
The most popular scripture about love is 1 Corinthians 13. All the experiences in the world mean nothing without love. Knowledge and faith without love mean nothing. We gain only through selfless acts in love. Love is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud or arrogant. Love is not rude or self-seeking. Love does not anger easily, meaning it is forgiving, full of grace and mercy. Love is truth. It protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. It never fails. Love will always be, it will endure forever. Although these are characteristics we experience as humans, this type of love is impossible without the company of God.Therefore, we must turn to Him to express love fully.
God binds everything together through love. Colossians 3 says, “Love binds all things together in perfect unity.” It’s obvious that love binds us to our family and friends. We can see how love binds us to the world through the things we enjoy. Naturally, love binds us to our romantic interest. Unexpectedly, it binds us to our enemies. The fruitfulness or effectiveness of a church demonstrates how God binds the church body together. Most importantly, love binds us to our Lord.
Thought, it may seem impossible to love God because He isn’t always apparent in our life. In actuality, it’s incredibly easy to love the being who binds everything together. By loving the things that the Lord has given us and enjoying everything the Lord has placed in our path, we’re expressing love to Him. Love seeks the face of God. It is actively seeking His majesty and glory from within. God’s love stands firm, so we must learn to stand firm in His love.
Out of love, God gives us a path to follow and a purpose to pursue. God is always working for our good. He never gives up on us, nor does He let harm come to us. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”He’s compassionate for those He loves and finds delight in us. God is well pleased by those He loves. God is pleased by us, we can be pleased by Him and what He’s given us.
Psalms 23:6 says that love and goodness follow those who love the Lord. Our love for the Lord binds us to His goodness, His faithfulness, His patience, kindness, peace and joy. That means when we love Him, our life reflects His characteristics. We won’t have the NEED to express love to others, because His love will naturally flow from us when we devote our lives to loving Him. Our love for Him binds us to Him as well as binding us to others. As a result of our love for Him, we won’t have to force loving others, love will just occur effortlessly.
Be compelled by the Lord who loves you. Be captivated by His love. Express love to Him so you can express love to others. Be thankful for all He has placed in your life. He loves YOU dearly, so allow yourself to soak up His love.