Have you measured God’s love for yourself lately? One drop of His blood is enough to fill the oceans and cover all of creation.
January’s Awakening, Day 31
Human love is capable of great things. What then must be the depth and height and intensity of divine love. Know nothing, think of nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified.
—Lord Shaftesbury, to his schoolboy son who had a terminal illness
Go measure the heavens with your span;
go weigh the mountains in the scales;
go take the ocean’s water and calculate each drop;
go count the sand upon the sea’s wide shore;
and when you have accomplished all of this;
then you can tell how much He loves you!
He has loved you long!
He has loved you well!
He will love you forever!
—C. H. Spurgeon
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lordʼs holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16–19 NIV
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39 NIV
Our love for God and others is incomparable to God’s love for us. God’s love is perfect, untainted by anything selfish, nonmanipulative, unconditional, sacrificial, with no expectation of return, simply infinite in its bounds given freely because of who God is. Nothing can separate yourself from God’s love for you—nothing. No amount of sin nor even if you reject Him—nothing separates you from the fact that as your Creator, He loves you regardless.
However, we were created out of love to love Him. Just as He doesn’t force you to believe in the saving work of Christ on the Cross, He doesn’t force you to love Him back either. Forced love is not love. It is a choice we must make just as we must choose to believe. It’s a choice we need to make daily, to love Him with all that we are. God certainly doesn’t need our love, but we certainly need to love God. Loving God is for our own good health and essential to our well-being. You see, if you can’t love God, you can’t possibly love anyone else.