Jan 10, 2010

Sunday Soaking - How big is YOUR love?

I love my children, my husband, God, I love my family, my friends, certain animals. In reality I am not sure I really understand what Love is. I have knowledge of Love. I have seen it in action, I have read an incredible story of sacrifice in the story of Jesus. But I am not sure that I have love that is that big.


What about you?

This is what the Bible says about God's love (* I will be limiting the number of passages I choose, because the Bible mentions LOVE a lot!):
1 John3:1 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him"
Ephesians 3:17-19 "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, 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."
Psalm 107:43 "Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD."


I don't know if my two dimensional love can compare to the multiple dimensions of God's love.

When I was a child, I seemed to find myself as a defender of the defenseless.  In fact I remember one girl, who was small for her age.  One day she and I were hanging out at recess and playing with a ball.  A big HUGE 6th grade boy came over and demanded the ball from her.  When she declined, he threatened her.  I immediately stood up to all of my 4 foot 6 inches and stepped between her and this boy (I do believe his name was Patrick).  He kicked me in the stomach, and walked away.

It was the moment that I realized what sacrifice was.  I could have let her defend herself, but instead I stepped in and took the blow.  She was my friend.  I have other moments that come to mind where I got to be someone's hero, but that stands out as the first time I understood what sacrifice is.

God did that.  He stands between us and Satan, and doesn't move.  His love goes beyond JUST dying for us, His love is also that of a King who adopted a bunch of peasants into His family. 

Isaiah 43:1-5 sums it up nicely for me:
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
       he who created you, O Jacob,
       he who formed you, O Israel:
       "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 2 When you pass through the waters,
       I will be with you;
       and when you pass through the rivers,
       they will not sweep over you.
       When you walk through the fire,
       you will not be burned;
       the flames will not set you ablaze.
 3 For I am the LORD, your God,
       the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
       I give Egypt for your ransom,
       Cush and Seba in your stead.
 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
       and because I love you,
       I will give men in exchange for you,
       and people in exchange for your life.
 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
In summary, I am awed by God's love because God, the creator of the universe comes down in all of HIS glory and reaches out His hand to me, a peasant, lying in the gutter.  He holds His hand out and says:

You are mine

It makes me feel so small and yet makes me feel like a Princess, to have the King love me like that. I want to stand on the corner and hold a sign that says "The God of the Universe LOVES YOU and invites you to the feast, WHY starve?"

What about you?  Have you experienced God's love recently?  Are you an adopted son or daughter who is still standing in the street going hungry?  Why don't you go inside? He's waiting to hold you.


this is a continuation of my discussion of the Organic God by Margaret Feinberg...chapter 2

Just me, AJ

8 comments:

  1. I think you're right. I wonder if it's partly because our love so often comes with conditions. The love of God does not.

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  2. Oh, I needed to hear this today! That passage from Isaiah just gives me more fodder for what I'm thinking about posting soon. You know what they say -- "Great minds think alike!" :0)

    You're so right. He's just standing there with arms open wide. What a blessing!

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  3. a beautifully written post. i'm glad I decided to turn the computer on today as this message is timeless. Thank you!

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  4. So true alissa. thank you for a beautifully written post. couldn't say it better myself.
    Kiran

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  5. Beautiful post mama! Love is an action, shown by Jesus so greatly. Thanks for all the great scripture!

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  6. Awesome post! Thanks for the reminder!!!

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