We humans don’t know how to really love each other. We love each other if the other person is being lovable. We love each other when the other person looks right, acts right and smells good. Our love quickly fades – proven by our divorce rates. Our love quickly gives up when the going gets tough – proven by the number of one-parent families in our culture.
It’s too little, too late, too conditional.
Even at the best of times, our love is just a tiny drop of moisture compared to the ocean of love that God has for us.
We can never understand the depth and the width and the height of God’s love.
But we can believe.
Here is an excerpt from the Experiencing God bible study that I’m going through with my small group right now. Understanding and believing this truth forever changed how I look at God’s commands. How I read his Word to me. It blew up my previous perception of God’s love and changed how I lived my life from that day on:
“God loves you deeply and profoundly. Because he loves you, He has given you guidelines for living so you will not miss the full dimensions of the love relationship. Life also has some land mines that can destroy you or harm your life. God does not want to see you miss His best, and He does not want your life destroyed by foolish choices.
Suppose you had to cross a field full of land mines and a person who knew exactly where each one was buried offered to take you through it. Would you say to him, “I don’t want you to tell me what to do. I have free will! I don’t want you to impose your ways on me”?
I don’t know about you, but I would stay as close to that person as I could. I certainly would not wander off. His directions to me would preserve my life. He would say, ‘Don’t go that way, because that way will kill you. Go this way, and you will live.’
That is the purpose of God’s commands. He wants you to receive life and have it abundantly. When the Lord gives you a command, He is trying to protect and preserve the best He has for you. He does not want you to lose it. When God gives a command, He is not restricting you. He is freeing you.”
Thank you, Abba Father!