{A Love so Vast} – Divine Romance

 

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We so often hear the phrase “God is love” (1 John 4:8), but do we ever sit down and think about God’s love? Do we fully and truly understand the depth of God’s love for us? Can we even begin to fathom the vastness of God’s love and how unbreakable it is? I don’t think we really do. So let’s ponder this together.

Everytime I go to the beach I think about God’s love and I’m reminded of the verse, Psalms 139:17-18 where it says, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” It is natural for us to think about the people we love. But have you ever told someone that the thoughts you think towards them number more than the sand? Probably not, because that most likely isn’t true. God thinks about you so much that His thoughts are more in number than the sand, says the Psalmist. How beautiful is that!? His love for us is so vast, more than we can even wrap our minds around! So, next time you’re at the beach, pick up a handful of sand and know that God’s thoughts towards you are more than even that; no matter how uncountable that handful is. Amazing.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The matter of eternity, where each of us goes after we die, is an extremely important matter to God. God’s love for mankind was (and still is) so unfathomable, that He sent His only Son into the world to bear the sins of every person who ever lived, was currently living at that time, and who will live. In turn, the path to everlasting life with Jesus in Heaven was made more available to us. Jesus was that Perfect, and final blood sacrifice that no longer covers our sins, but takes them away completely. Our sins were completely paid for on the cross and it’s up to us to respond.

2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” This, therefore, should be our response to Christ’s love: to utterly live for Him. Jesus told His disciples, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) In response to His love, we should desire to obey Him and all that He tells us in His Word. Because of His great love for us, obeying Him is not a chore, but a privilege and a pleasure. He gave His life and all He desires is our hearts. What more could we give to the One Who saved us from eternal punishment in Hell? Jesus said this to His disciples, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus showed that “greater love” by dying for us.

Romans 8:37-39 says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What a divine romance that we get to be a part of. In fact, we are the object of that divine love. There is nothing whatsoever that can separate us from the love of God. God’s love is deep and it’s like none other. As we grow more and more in the love of God each day, consistently responding to His love for us by walking in obedience to Him, let us also find more ways to share that love. Because we love Christ in return, let’s make that love known by being a light to all we come in contact with.

Aren’t you glad that we serve our Father in Heaven who loves us more than anyone ever could? And His love is the love that satisfies. Now that’s Perfect Love. How will you choose to respond to Christ’s love for you?

The fullness of Your grace is here with me 
The richness of Your beauty’s all I see 
The brightness of Your glory has arrived 
In Your presence God, I’m completely satisfied 
For You I sing I dance 
Rejoice in this divine romance 
Lift my heart and my hands 
To show my love, to show my love 
A deep deep flood, an Ocean flows from You 
Of deep deep love, yeah it’s filling up the room 
Your innocent blood, has washed my guilty life 
In Your presence God I’m completely satisfied

{Phil Wickham – Divine Romance}

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