If “God is love,” well ok, then! But it must be a love we as human beings can barely comprehend. We have nothing in experience to compare it to. It must certainly be a deeper, wider, higher, sacrificial, stubborn, consistent, unconditional, unwavering, and committed love than anything we have experienced or known. We are not capable of understanding it by our own natural perception. There must be a place it is written down to guide us toward even the beginning of interpretation. If God is love, He would give us direction in understanding, not leave us to our own devices to stumble around trying to define it for ourselves, according to our earthly desires of what we want it to mean. And He did just that in His Word! -g.w
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.
Consider the place we occupy in the interest and love of the Father and the Son. I confess that I am almost overwhelmed when I think of this. I so often spend my time, as I am sure many of you do, wondering why it is that I do not experience more of the love of God; why God does not, as it were, love me more and do things for me. What a terrible thing that is! The trouble is that I do not realize His love for me—that is my difficulty. People often say, “I feel my love for God is so small.” Quite right, I say the same thing myself:
Lord, it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint.
That is true, but the best cure is not to try to do things within yourself and work up some love from the depths of your being. The way to love God is to begin to know God’s love to you, and this doctrine is the high road to that love. Before time, before the creation of the world, He set His eye upon you, He set His affection upon you; you were marked, you were already put among His people. And all that has been done, all the person and the work of Christ, all this manifestation of His ineffable love, was done because of God’s love to you. Therefore, realize His interest in you. The God who has loved you to the extent of sending His only begotten Son to endure and to suffer all that for you loves you with a love that you will never understand, a love that passes knowledge. If we but knew God’s love to us, it would revolutionize our lives.
A Thought to Ponder
The way to love God is to begin to know God’s ineffable love to you.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – (Pastor, theologian, and Attending Physician to Queen Elizabeth II)
Lord’s Blessings on this Lord’s Day -g.w