As I was putting my son to sleep tonight, a few thoughts ran through my mind. I love my son. I long to be a great father to him, and provide a loving Christ-centered home for him. As these thoughts ran through my mind, I had a few more.
1. God’s love for his children is deep
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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. (Romans 8:38-39)
Although I love my son, the love I have for him is no comparison to the love God has for his children. There is no place his love cannot reach. No depth. No height. Nothing can separate us from his love. His love is deep. I know that I can never be a perfect parent. I know that at some point my love will fail my son, but God’s love never fails. He is perfect, therefore his love is perfect. This is different than any other love we can know.
Every love we have or experience is an imperfect love. At some point it will let us down, at some point it will fail us. Not the love of God. His love is absolutely perfect. In hard times, in good times, his love is perfect. This is a deep love.
2. God’s love for his children is eternal
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.His love endures forever.Give thanks to the God of gods.His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1-2)
God is eternal. He is everlasting. This means he has no beginning and no end. No start and no finish. This is another thing that makes God’s love different. We do not know anything that is eternal. Everything in our lives has a beginning and an end. We are born and we die. Therefore, our love is not eternal. By our very nature it cannot be, but God’s love is. It NEVER ENDS.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) (ESV)
This is a beautiful thing. Not even death can separate his children from his love. God’s love for his children is eternal.
3. God’s love for his children is astounding
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” (Psalm 63:3)
God’s love for his children is motivation to live. True fulfillment only comes from knowing the love of God. This is why David said His love is better than life. Life is a great gift, but God’s love for us is so much better. Not only is it eternal, not only is it deep, his love for us is strong, his love is unconditional, his love is never failing. When we find a love like this, then we find a true love, a love that is better than life.
This deep, astounding, and eternal love of God is manifested to us in his Son.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Not because of something we have done, not because of something we have earned, but because of God’s great love we are offered life in Christ. He sent his only son, a part of himself, to become a man, die on a cross, and be buried in the ground. This is because of his love for us. He gives us a chance, though we are weak and frail, to believe in his son and live in a love that is better than life.