Friday, January 10, 2014

His Love is Higher

I took this picture a few years ago on the beach in Port Aransas, and I just love it.  I want you to close your eyes and imagine yourself here.  Imagine how huge the sky and ocean look to us.  Then, I want you to imagine the fact that as far as you can see, it foes further than that.  What we see is huge, but it is still a limited view of what really is out there.  Imagine how much deeper the ocean is compared to what we can see of it.  It is DEEP, and it is wide, and it is beyond what we can comprehend.  And the sky.  As big as it looks to us, there is so much more out there than the eye can see.

Read this as many times as it takes you to let it sink in:

Ephesians 3:16-21

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 Lord’s 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.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. 

Our idea of love is very limited .  We love our families a lot.  We would do anything for our families.  Could you imagine loving them more than you already do?   Could you imagine anyone loving them more than you do?  If you can imagine the person in your life that makes you feel most loved....can you imagine being loved more than that?

There is one who loves us way more than we can possibly think or imagine.  God loves us so much we can not even wrap our minds around it.  Nothing can take it away from us.  Nothing can separate us from his love.  Just like the ocean, as vast as we think it is, it is way bigger!  As deep as we think the sea is, it is deeper. As high as the sky that we can see, it is higher.

Romans 8:38-40
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.

We are loved by the one who knows everything about us.  He knows our failures, and he loves us anyway.  He knows our struggles, and he loves us anyway. No matter what sins you have committed, and what sins you will commit, he will ALWAYS love you.  Whatever wounds you have, his desire is for you to allow him to bind them, and heal them.  

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

  Though the enemy tries to convince us that we are not good enough to be loved by God, NOTHING you do will ever separate you from God's love.  

John 3:16-17
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.