How vast, how wide, how all encompassing is the love of God. But the special thing about it is that God loved me BEFORE I even knew Him.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.(Rom 5:8)
You see, God demonstrated His love, He didn’t just say to us “oh, I love you”, He went further, much further and gave up His Son, His one and only, the One He loved, He let Him be crucified, He let Him be punished, He let Him bear the brunt of our sin which was keeping us from God. And why? Why did He do this? Because He loved us. And in Jesus He is demonstrating His love, He is showing His love, He is revealing His love.
It isn’t just a case of ‘Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so’, no, it is more: ‘God loves me this I know for He sent His Son to show me so ..’ You see, action has always spoken louder than words.
And this shows to me God’s commitment to me. If God wasn’t committed, He wouldn’t have gone to that bother, he wouldn’t have put His son through that torment, but He did not even keep back His own Son for me – that is commitment, that is Love, that is Love demonstrated.
God, who did not even keep back his own Son, but offered him for us all! He gave us his Son–will he not also freely give us all things? (Rom 8:32)
So then if God is so committed, I needn’t fear His wrath, I needn’t fear that I am good enough. Jesus has already paid the price, there is nothing to accuse me of, I am cleared of my debt of sin.
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Rom 8:33-34)
How deep, how high, how low does this love extend? It covers the depth of my sin, the secret sin, the inborn, inherent sin, the sin that I just seem to have a natural bent towards. He loved me when I was still in that sin. All the past mistakes, all the past hurts, all the past issues, all the broken relationships, broken hearts, broken spirits, all the pain and tears none of these things make any difference to God’s love. His love is still there despite these things, or rather because of these things. And every angry word, every unkind thought, every bitterness, every grudge, every time I have reacted out of fear and hurt His love encompasses me still. Every pain, every worry, every fear, every tear, His love covers that too, none of these things can separate me from His love, nor change His love for me.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 3 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:35-38)