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-MAMA LOVE…REVELING IN GOD’S GREAT LOVE STORY-
Since becoming a mom a few short months ago, I feel like I’ve gotten to see a small glimpse of what God’s love for me looks like in a way I never have before. While I know God’s love for me is still pretty much incomprehensible, I think becoming a mom has shifted my perspective. It’s opened my eyes to a new kind of love that I’ve never felt before.
When I look into my son’s big brown eyes and he looks right back at me and smiles that goofy, toothless smile, my heart is so full of love for that little boy that I think sometimes it might just explode. And to think, this is how God looks at me and feels about me. Except on a much, much grander scale. It just blows everything I ever thought I knew about God right out of the water.
The love a mother has for her child is only the tip of the iceberg when compared to God’s love for His children. This new perspective on love has made me slow down and take more time to reflect on how great God’s love is, and whether I’ve fully accepted that love and allowed it to overwhelm my life.
God’s Love is Unending
Some of my all-time favorite Bible verses are Romans 8:38-39, “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.”
These are verses I committed to memory many years ago in grade school, and continue to be verses I look back on often when I am in need of a reminder about God’s unending love for me. They bring me comfort on days when I feel like I’ve failed Him one-too-many times.
Ephesians 3:17-18 says, “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.”
Take a minute to really let these words sink in. Read the verses again if you need to. There is nothing in this entire universe, in all of eternity, nothing that you or anyone else could ever do, that could separate you from God’s love. His love for you is so big, there is nothing on this earth that could even compare. It’s wider than any valley and longer than any river. It’s higher than any mountain and deeper than any ocean. Try to comprehend that!
We are Undeserving
If you haven’t heard the song “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury yet, you absolutely need to give it a listen. It portrays such a beautiful picture of God’s unconditional love. Here are the lyrics for the chorus:
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God”
God loves us so much that he continues to fight for us even when we are completely and utterly undeserving. This song gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. I find myself singing it often, and it always stops me dead in my tracks.
Just as there is nothing that my son did to make me love him, there is nothing that we did to make God love us. If that were the case, if we had to somehow earn God’s love, we would always come up short. There is just no way we could every be “worthy” of such love.
What Difference Does it Make?
Now that we’re all on the same page on how crazy awesome and unfathomable God’s unconditional and unending love for us is, what do we with do with it? What’s the point?
The cross. The story of the cross is always at the center of everything, because without it, there is not point. As I’m writing this, Easter is only a few short weeks away, so of course, the cross has been on my mind a lot lately.
The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is a story of the ultimate love and sacrifice. But this is not just any love story, it’s our love story. A story meant for you and me—all of us, sinners, who are unmistakably undeserving.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
Both of these verses tell us that it is only because of God’s great love that he chose to give us salvation through Christ. Not because we are worthy. Not because we did something to earn it. But only because His love for us was so big.
The cross brings us hope and confidence. Because even though we have failed God time and time again, He has never and will never turn away from loving us unconditionally. And he demonstrates this by giving us the promise of salvation through Christ.
We are meant to revel in this great love story each and every day—not just on Easter, or even just once a week on Sunday. It should amaze us and overwhelm us every single day. The love of God is so all-consuming and powerful that when you accept it into your life, it should capture you completely and define the very reason for your existence.
Allow yourself to be overcome by the powerful, merciful, unending, unconditional love of God. Revel in it today and every day.
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Abby is a wife and new mom, and above all else, her identity is grounded in her Savior, Jesus Christ. She is a CPA by day, but she loves to write in the small windows of time between work and diaper changes. Her love for Jesus and writing led her to start Clothed With Strength and Dignity as a way to share her passion for God and the work He has done in her life. She seeks to use her words as a way to bring honest encouragement to others wherever they are on their faith journey.