If I understand that God loves me very much, what should that knowledge achieve in me?
When we loudly and emotionally croon songs like “Jesus loves me, this I know” or “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…,” what does that really mean to us? What should a revelation of the love of Christ accomplish in us?
These are the questions that this post will address.
However, before we get into it, let’s attempt to describe the nature and vastness of the love that God has for us.
The Volume and Quality of God’s Love
“…I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.” Ephesians 3:17B-19 God’s Word Translation*
“Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children…” 1 John 3:1A The Passion Translation*
“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are!”1 John 3:1A Amplified Bible*
“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 New International Version*
If you wish to think about the kind of love God that God has for you, I would like you to think about it in these terms:
- very much love, love of great magnitude
- Incredible love, extravagant love
- Deep love, vast love, high love
- Everlasting love, endless love
- Constant love, unfailing love
- Astonishing love
- Deeply intimate love,
- Far-reaching love
- Enduring love
- Inclusive love
- A love that is beyond measure
- A love that transcends understanding
Think for a minute about each of these descriptions. Understand that I didn’t coin any of these. They are all from different translations of the Bible. They are all there. So, this isn’t me trying to make you feel good about yourself. This is simply showing you the truth about God’s disposition towards you.
He loves you.
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If you accept his love, then you can experience its value.
If you will like to accepting God’s love today, you can start by saying this prayer: “Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my wrongs so that I can be forgiven, changed and be brought into close relationship with you. Today, I accept your love. Please be the Lord of my life from today henceforth in Jesus’ name, Amen!”
The Value of God’s Love
I was reading about how money currencies as well as gold are valued based on a number of factors that bounce off the dynamics of demand and supply. Gold, for example, is seen to be highly valuable because of investors’ need across the globe to hedge their currencies against inflation, and the amount of gold that is available mostly in central bank reserves; coupled with the fact that we are all pretty fascinated by the metal’s beauty and durability. Perceived worth.
Similarly, God demonstrated his love for us by sending his son Jesus to die in our stead, so that Jesus would take the punishment for our wrongdoings.
God paid a high price for our freedom, for the freedom of everyone who accepts His love. The cost of our redemption was the life of another – the life of Jesus. A great price indeed. The good news is that Jesus rose from the dead; and now, he is alive forever so that we can be friends with him and God.
Everyone who accepts God’s love, just like gold, is a person of great worth, a precious and treasured person.
To accept the love of Christ means to see yourself through the lens of the value that God places on you.
- Free from Guilt: If you have confessed your wrongs to Jesus, you need to let go of the feelings of guilt and self-condemnation. If God has forgiven you, you must consider yourself forgiven. You must forgive yourself also. 1 Jn 1:9 reads, “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” To live in the knowledge of God’s love is to see yourself as forgiven and to get rid of any feeling of guilt and shame. God and his Holy Spirit draws you to repentance and a change of lifestyle. The devil and his lying spirit calls you to a life of continually beating yourself up about your sins, seeing yourself as irredeemable and hopeless. Know the difference, and choose to only listen to God’s voice in your head/mind.
- Free from Self-Pity: The knowledge of God’s love reveals hope to you. It makes you understand that your tomorrow will be much better and far more enjoyable than your present. It shows you a future of possibilities. It restores the spring to your steps and a vitality to your efforts. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says that “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heart, minds have not imagined what things the Lord has prepared for those who love him.” (paraphrased). The devil makes you to feel despair, misery and self-pity. But now you know better. Do not yield to self-pity. Choose hope and joy!
- Free from Self-Hate: One day I was scrolling through Instagram and I stumbled on this influencer who had millions of followers. I scrolled through her page – her followers loved her for reasons I couldn’t fathom. Their engagement and fascination with her were palpable. And in that moment, I didn’t care much about the brands and products that she represents. I too hit the Follow button. I gave in to the perceived value. I was probably drawn in by her sunshine personality and community. Think about it for a minute. God loves you incredibly, overwhelmingly and everlastingly. Evidently, there is something to love about you! And yet, you hate yourself? You detest your personality, your body, your achievements? Seriously? One major thing that the knowledge of God’s love will do for you is that it will open your eyes to your worth which is a perceived worth on the basis of God’s love for you. In other words, God’s glory beautifies your life. God loves you, therefore you are lovable. Don’t get me wrong, it is okay not to like one thing or another about oneself. For example, you may not like your job and therefore can be working to change it. Or you may not like the acne on your face and can be working to get rid of it. But this point is referring to a fundamental and deep-seated loathing of oneself. I can tell you that self-hate is definitely of the devil. I pray that you will accept the love of God today and stop listening to the lies of the devil. The thought that makes you to cut yourself and purposely inflict self injury, even if as a penance for wrongdoing, is not from God. Do not listen to it. The voice that tells you to throw in the towel and choose suicide is the lying voice of the devil; do not listen to it. Instead, choose to love the life you have and everything that you have been blessed with. Choose the future that God has designed for you – a brilliant and enjoyable tomorrow. No matter how bleak the future seems right now, I want to assure you that the dawn will break.
- Free from Settling: You are priceless, you are valuable, a person of great worth. An understanding of God’s love will empower you to choose things of worth for yourself. For example, some people settle in an abusive relationship simply because they are afraid of being alone; and that is settling. Choosing to indulge unhealthily in junk food, shopping spree, recreational drugs or other habits simply to numb a feeling is settling. Cutting corners rather than facing one’s career/relationship/social goals is settling. Staying complacently in an undeserving job while passion/skill calls you to something more is settling. A knowledge of God’s love empowers us to drive around the corner from settling into the estate of settlement and enlargement. God’s love says, “Come on hither. Come on girl, come on boy, there’s more! Keep climbing, keep reaching. There’s treasure after this point. It’s all you’ve ever dreamed of. Come on. Come on!”
Likewise, we have been freed from fears (as perfect love casts away fears); self-righteousness (as we are made right with God only on the basis of his grace). The list goes on and on. It is such a blessing to live in the love of God!
Today, I pray that our eyes will become open to the deep, wide, vast and high love of Christ for us; that he will give each of us a revelational knowledge of God’s love so that we can be completely filled with God! 🙂
I pray that instead of guilt, we will see ourselves as forgiven and loved. Instead of hate, we will love ourselves and others deeply and wholly. Instead of self-pity, we will be filled with joy and hope. And instead of settling, we would dare to become all that He has destined us to be.
Cheers, my friend, to love and freedom.
Question: Apart from the points listed above, what else do you consider yourself freed from, as a beloved of God?
* Emphasis are mine.