Cross of Love

Cross of Love

Ephesians 3:16-1916 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

These verses have been burning in my heart this week. These verses linger in my thoughts, causing me to meditate on His love.

One thing I have never doubted is His love. I have never wondered if he really loves me or if I am worthy of His love. So how would I describe His love? What is the overall scope of His love? And how does it affect me?

Modern worship songs describe His love as: Amazing.  Indescribable.  Uncontainable.  Overwhelming.  Unchanging.

Paul described His love as having definable boundaries – width and length and depth and height. But are there limits to His love?

What is the width?  What is the length?  What is the depth?  What is the height?

Depth: there is no pit (hole) too deep for His love to find and rescue you.

Width: there is no problem too big for His love to cover you.

Length: there is no history too sordid or shameful for His love to redeem and renew you.

Height: there is no challenge too great for His love to guide you.

There is no thing, no past, no circumstance, no problem, no hurt, no shame, no mistake, no disappointment, no worry, no stress, no relationship, no pettiness, and no addiction that is too big, too imposing, too impossible, too cumbersome, too difficult, or too much.

  •  For His capable hands
  •  For His guiding hands
  •  For His caring hands
  •  For His miracle-working hands
  •  For His all-powerful hands

To Him our mountains look like molehills and our Goliaths look like ants. To Him the oceans look like a drop of water. To Him a thousand years is like a day.

And to Him LOVE is

  •  All encompassing
  •  All forgiving
  •  All enduring
  •  All healing
  •  All wonderful

Nothing is bigger or better than He is.

  • No one.
  • No thing.
  • No where.
  • Never.

There is no problem too big, no worry too deep, no obstacle too high, no addiction too long. For Him to reach into and make radical changes. To reach out and bring redeeming hope. To accept you as you are and begin a revolutionary metamorphosis in you.

In His love is the grace we need. To stand firm in every circumstance. To stare down every giant in the path of our progress. To shine hope in the darkest moments. To emerge victorious in every battle. To be a conqueror of all feelings and emotions.

He is Love. Love perfect and sinless in human form. Love who allowed Himself to suffer mercilessly on our behalf.

Love that began at the Creation and fully expressed itself on Calvary’s cross.

Love who demonstrated unconditional love with arms opened wide as He breathed His last breaths on the cross. Love who dripped blood to cover our sins. Love who willingly volunteered Himself as God’s sacrificial Lamb to allow us full access to God.

So what is love? God is love. He is good. He is gracious. He is the great redeemer. Allow Him to touch your heart and change your life today. He made the first move by loving you enough to die for you. Will you love Him enough to follow Him? It starts with absolute humility and a (small) step of faith toward Him. His arms are open wide, full of love and waiting for you. No waiting, no conditions, no judgments.

Just love, pure and simple. Just love, complete in healing and wholeness. Just love, unconditionally yours.

And that’s how I think of love. How about you?

Marie Fremin, 2/7/15

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