God’s love: a mighty thing to comprehend but comprehending it changes everything. The impact of being loved by the King of kings, the sculptor of the deepest oceans and the painter of the skies, is one that changes us.
The conclusion that I have reached is this:
The beauty of love is that someone has chosen to do so.
Think about it. No-one loves automatically. You could argue that mothers love their babies because of hormones. But no, they still chose to have that baby; to look into its face and love it from the time they are born. The consequences of that love, is to look after and protect it: those are choices.
It can apply to possessions even: you might love your car. But why? Because you have saved up money for it; it’s there waiting for you in the car park on a blustery, rainy night; you spend many hours driving it along winding lanes. We might choose to love our car because of the time we spend with it and the values we see in it that feel protecting.
But what about when love stops? When that car stops running, that mother doesn’t love, that person walks away. We must be careful about what we choose to love. Jesus knows the power of us choosing to love Him and the power of choosing to love others:
‘If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ – John 15:9-13
The love of the Father and Jesus never runs out, it never stops.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”- Matthew 28:20
Nothing we do will take away that love. Nobody we become will destroy that perfect love for us.
But how often do we place God’s love in a box? Perhaps we say, like the idea of a mother being programmed to love her baby, God just loves the nations because he created them. He loves humanity – under this huge bracket.
The beauty of love is that someone has chosen to do so. God has chosen to do so. He chooses to love us individually.
Seen in Jesus’ deep and caring individual love for his disciples and the people he interacts with. Seen in the way he draws us close to him, offers us great glimpses of goodness in our lives.
More than this. He chose to give up his life for us.
The ultimate love sacrifice.
‘Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own and he loved them to the very end. ‘ – John 13:1
God chooses to love you and me, individually.
“I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one: I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me.” – John 17:22-23
“I love you just as the Father loves me. I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures.” – John 15:16
Are we going to choose to love Him? He calls out to me on dark nights, on lonely afternoons spent in the back of a sept-place and in noisy crowds. Times when I feel like the weight of the world creates little to look forward to and most of all, I dislike who I am. He says come and sit by my feet , let me comfort you, let me wash you (John 13:7-10).
It’s okay to weep at the feet of Jesus, He is the ultimate comforter and He won’t leave. We’ve already given Him every reason to do so. He could have walked. But instead He gave up His life for us. He won’t leave us. He loves us.