This gift of incomprehensible love that Jesus offers us isn’t easily explained with human words – the word LOVE isn’t really adequate, as all the loves we are acquainted with have limitations and can be subverted by pride and self-serving. Our loves can be extinguished by lack of attention and by injury. However, when God expresses, “I love you”, it isn’t birthed from passion, isn’t given for the purpose of being returned, isn’t dampened by being shunned, it isn’t said as a nicety, and it isn’t ever extinguished. God’s love is pure and true and faithful – born of his own being and sustained because of who he is. God is love.
God’s love is best described in word pictures, and understood most fully when experienced. So even in describing God’s love in I Corinthians (a book in the New Testament of the Bible) a series of phrases are used, and then those words are explained throughout the entirety of Christ’s life on earth as he lived among men. For one interaction with Christ isn’t enough to fully comprehend such love.
Love is Patient – Jesus commanded 10 lepers to go to the priest, and along the way they were instantly healed. Unfortunately, only one returned to him to give thanks. “ Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”(Luke 17:11-19)
Love is Kind – A huge crowd surrounded Jesus, as he traveled with Jarius, the ruler of the synagogue, to heal his daughter. As the crowd jostled him, Jesus suddenly felt healing power go out of him, and so in the middle of the crowd, he stopped and took the time to find out whom he had just healed. Jarius was in a hurry – his daughter’s life was at stake, and the crowd that day was immense, but Jesus took the time to show kindness to this woman. (Mark 5:21-32) In the end, both this woman, and Jarius’ family experienced the love of Christ in action.
This is just the beginning, the tip-of-the-ice-burg so to speak of trying to describe this amazing love I have come to know. His love is so immense and beautiful that it would take volumes to describe what I have come to know and am still uncovering. Suffice it to say that there isn’t enough time, and so for this Advent season, I will spend just one more day trying to uncover even a portion of this amazing love!
Jesus, I’m not certain that I can even comprehend such love, let alone every try and live it out! And I honestly long to experience it for myself. Would you please show me that kind of love, and help me to show that kind of love? In Jesus’ name, amen.
To be continued on Day 4…….