By Rev. Doug Clay
I John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Do you rely on God’s love? I’m afraid way too many people are not living with a sense of contentment or spiritual satisfaction, because they don’t let God love them enough.
Here’s how much God loves you.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
1. It’s wide enough to include everybody.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
- The secret to feeling good about yourself is letting God love you. You don’t have to prove your worth to Him.
2. It’s long enough to last forever.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
- Unfortunately, human love wears out, but God’s love never fades.
3. It’s high enough to go everywhere.
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.
- There is absolutely no place on earth that you can escape God’s love.
4. It’s deep enough to be personal.
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
The movie “The Hiding Place” tells the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy Ten Boom who hid Jews in their home to protect them from the Nazis. When they were discovered, not only were the Jews taken to a concentration camp, but Corrie and Betsy were taken there too. Corrie came out alive; her sister was killed. At one point in the movie, Corrie says to Betsy, “This place is the pit of hell.” Betsy replied, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”
I love Brenton Brown’s song, “Your Love is Amazing.” Here are some of the lyrics:
Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain firm beneath my feet
Your love is a mystery, how you gently lift me
When I am surrounded your love carries me
Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing deep inside of me
Let yourself be really loved by God today and make it a great day!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God.