The Depth of God’s Love and the Appropriate Response to it

The depths of God’s love is something that I can never stop marveling at. Sometimes, God’s love felt like the embrace of a Lover [1]. Other times, God’s love felt like the painful discipline of a Father [2].

Many times, I find myself so deep into sin that I felt I am unworthy to be saved, let alone used by God [3]. But the deeper I fell into sin, the greater I felt God’s love working within me [4]. Honestly, there are times when I have felt the Lord speaking to me urging me not to sin before I commit an intentional sin. At the same time, I have also personally experienced the forgiveness of that sin before I have even committed it. Indeed, that is true that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV). But while we struggle not to take God’s love for granted, we often find ourselves being caught up in this internal warfare where we “do not do the good we want to do, but the evil we do not want to do—this we keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19, NIV; “I” changed to “we”).

“The deeper I fell into sin, the greater I felt God’s love working within me.”

With this, I have drafted out a list to remind myself about God’s amazing love for us in comparison to the “love” that we, as people who have fallen short of the glory of God, want.

God's Love versus Interpersonal Love
A simple table illustrating God’s love in comparison to interpersonal love.

I personally cannot find a way to respond to God’s amazing love but to follow the teachings of Paul to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1, NIV). However, given my fallen nature, I find it extremely hard to fight against the lures of earthly pleasures that I know, are an abomination to the Lord.

“There is no other appropriate response to God’s amazing love but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.”

No matter, I know that it is God “who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25, NIV). For this, it is my prayer to continually fix my eyes upon the Lord for His guidance and strength, recognizing His love in my life, and relying solely on Him in all that I do.

 

References:

[1] – Luke 15:20, NIV. So, he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

[2] – Hebrews 12:7, NIV. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

[3] – “Satan accuses Christians before God.” Piper, J. (2016). Satan’s Ten Strategies Against You. Retrieved from https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/satans-ten-strategies-against-you

[4] – Luke 7:41-47, NIV. Jesus gave an analogy detailing that the person who has experienced the cancellation of a bigger debt (or bigger sin) will love the forgiver more.

[5] – Krznaric, R. (n.d.) The Ancient Greek’s 6 Words for Love. Retrieved from http://www.hipgreece.com/the-ancient-greeks–6-words-for-love.html

[6] – Matthew 18:22. Some version states 77. Some version states 70 times 7. However, given God’s nature, we know He is abounding in love.

[7] – God, the Epitome of Love.

 

6 Comments

  1. Amen! Sim. Following You!! I could not though, have the strength to “offer my bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” ((Romans 12:1) without The Power of The Holy Spirit– for my flesh is fallen. It is said that weakness can only hold onto His Strength. (my Pastor). On my own, I can do no thing…..The part of us that can Gaze, and Respond to such a great Love is the Beholder; the one captivated by The Resurrection Power of The Beloved One.

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  2. Wow I understood this. Yesterday I was feeling depressed and was guilty about some things I had been doing that I know god would disapprove of. I felt God speaking to me directly and next thing know I am on knees praying and found that I had a much better day today and felt more connected with others. God works in mysterious ways. May God bless you.

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