Who can honestly say that they have a full understanding of the love of God? Is there any among us that can comprehend or experience the fullness of this mystery? If you are like me, the more I experience God’s love, the more I become aware of my deep need for more of it; for more of Him. Truly, Solomon understood this when he wrote, “He has set eternity in their heart…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11.)
Eternity in Our Hearts
In His wisdom, God created man with an eternal longing…something that cannot be satisfied in the temporal. Outside of time, God placed an attribute of His divine nature within the heart of every man; eternity. Hidden within each and every person is the deep need for eternal realities; something more… Love.
To dive deeper into this, read what John says in 1 John:
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are!
1 John 3:1
When looking at the Greek, the word “See” is interesting. Its definition is “to perceive or come to an understanding of something.” For example, when someone is explaining an intricate concept or process to us, we commonly say, “Oh, I see!” when we understand or perceive what they are really trying to say to us.
And further, John also writes this word in the “Imperative mood.” The “Imperative mood” indicates that John is making a demand or command. He is not waxing eloquent…he is giving a command. He is commanding us to understand or perceive the manner or nature of the love of God. To help us in this, John points us to our Sonship in Jesus.
If we are to venture into the mystery that is the love of God, we must look closely at the out-working or fruit of this love. Look at what Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians:
In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…
In this short statement, Paul reveals the out-working or fruit of the love of God. According to His kind intention, God in His magnificent love adopted us. Though we did not want Him and were actively rebelling and fighting against Him, (Colossians 1:21) God in his unfathomable love adopted us as sons and daughters.
Why would the God of all creation adopt the very people that rejected Him? The answer is simple: Love. God’s love is boundless, infinite, unchanging, self-sacrificing, free…
And this is what John wants us to “see.” He wants us to “see” that the eternal longing placed within our souls can only be satisfied by the love of God; satisfied in Jesus. He wants us to “see” the love of God so that we might forever be satisfied in Him.
When the deep longings of your soul call out, I encourage you, “see” this love; “see” Jesus. Take time to think on Him, talk to Him, worship Him; The eternity set in our heart calls out for the Eternal One. Let’s seek Him together.
Jesus, we know we were created for You. Lord, only You can satisfy our deep longings. In Your abundant grace, fill us with Your very life, Your love. We know You love us and will be swift to answer our prayer. Thank You for Your goodness, we love You.
2 thoughts on “The Love of God”
Thanks Taylor for sharing about your journey meditating on God’s wisdom. It brought to mind the Psalm:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”
As sons and ambassadors following in the light of Christ we stumble towards the ultimate gift of love – even though our own path we glimpse so little of at a time – has been revealed before us; his Kingdom is here. If only we may truly see that redemption in the hearts of men is not the haphazard pursuits for happiness that we all foolishly misconstrue as the vehicle by which love of self carries us to our own short-sighted end.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Thank you YHWH for wading into our darkness and shining your love. Lord guide us gently into abundant life. This way of living is what we worthship and desire to obtain: Forsaking our own comfort, power and glory for the betterment of those around us and enduring this earthly crucible for the purification of our character.
Thanks for your comment, Kyle. I always enjoy reading your thoughts and insights.
Hoping you have a Jesus-filled day today!