I was listening to a song this morning called “Strong Love”. Makes we wonder, just how strong is that love? Referring to true love, of course; God’s love.
There is no other love, correct? I mean, if He is love, doesn’t all love show a glimpse of Him? But let’s put our little human “glimpses” and attempts at love, aside and focus only on His.
Just how strong is it? Strong.
It can’t withstand all my rejection, all my evil, all my sin, right? Yes, it can and does.
I mean, really? Really. If I thumb my nose at it, this “strong” love over and over, He will give up on me, right? No, He will not.
His love will no longer extend to me, right? Wrong, He loves you.
Well, what about the people who insist on hurting me? I mean, I think it is their mission in life to cause me pain. His love certainly doesn’t extend to them? Of course it does.
His love is STRONG!
(Romans 5:6-11; 8:38-39; Titus 3:3-7; Psalm 103:8-12; Luke 22:31- 23:56) And, honestly, we better hope His love withstands whatever we throw at it, and that He continues to extend His love to us!
If His love was only as strong as our attempts to imitate it, or our limits to love others, we would be in big trouble!
I realize that at times we think it sounds nice for it to have some limits–we have something inside of us that desires justice, and a little desire for vengeance too, if we are honest. Here’s the thing, God offers love and justice. But if you take some time to really consider all this, I think you may come to the same conclusion I have, “God, pour out Your mercy and love”.
“And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us .’ For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:27-31
I know the road is narrow.
Look around, our small part of the world models that quite well. But I plan to fight until the end.
Fight by reaching up to God, asking Him to use me (in my weakness), to pour out His love through me.
There is not a word in the human language to define His love. (in my opinion) Our words (“strong”, “love”) always carry other meanings, not always negative meanings but other meanings all the same.
But His LOVE? It’s something outside our realm. It has no equal.
He uses His Word to compare it to things we are familiar with, and that helps us understand it more. I don’t claim to fully understand it. But I’m committed to learning more about it every day.
I want to know how His love has changed things for me–my present, past, and future. I want to be more thankful and grateful each day for this strong love.
So, go ahead, give it your best shot to be the only one He couldn’t possibly love. (Let me be clear, I don’t recommend that type of lifestyle, but if that’s where you find yourself…)