GRASPING THE LOVE OF GOD
The following passages of scripture tells us of God’s love for us.
Romans 5: 8 – God demonstrates his own loves for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world he gave his only son.
Ephesians 2:4 - God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.
1 John 3:1 – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us.
1 John 4:10 – Not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son.
The words in these few verses alone re enough to let a disciple know how deeply God loves them. His love goes deeper than our finite minds can really conceive, but… He has given us a way to get a grasp in a real way just how deep his love is for us.
Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 26? Breaking the bread he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And holding the cup he said, “Drink you all of it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Paul writes these words to the Ephesians in chapter 3, “And I pray that you may have the power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide… long… high… and deep… is the love of Christ, and to know the love that passes all understand.”
As you partake of the bread and cup and renew your covenant vow with God, pause for a moment at what you are holding in your hands and what they represent and reflect on the opportunity you are being given to hold the love of God in your hands.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we live in a world where the security we once seemed to enjoy has been eroded right away and so many dark clouds of unknowing seem to be looming on the future's unpredictable horizon. All that seemed to be so secure and reliable has turned to sawdust in our hands and evaporated like the morning mist.
But Lord, we praise Your name that we can entrust our future in Your safe-keeping, knowing that Your love surrounds us and that Your grace is sufficient, no matter how black the circumstances of life may appear. Thank You, Lord, that You hold the world in the palm of Your hand, and nothing can snatch us from that secure position in You.
Thank You, that we are accepted in the beloved and loved by the Father and thank You, Lord, that no danger may overtake any of Your children that is not permitted by You, and which will not be used to fulfill a just and glorious purpose.
Keep our hearts from unnecessary fretting or worry and in the power of the Holy Spirit, may we build ourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in spirit and truth and walking the way of righteousness. May we learn day by day to prevent our eyes from focussing on the trials and tribulations that are coming on the earth, and rather, help us to look to Jesus, knowing that in all things He is the victor, and we are securely positioned in Him through time and into eternity. Thank You, in Jesus' name… Amen!