thoughts; May 15th, 2018

I really can’t think of anything greater to talk about than God’s love. I mean, there isn’t an event… a celebration… a ceremony… a contest, that compares with God’s love. Here’s what the Bible says…
“For Thy lovingkindness is great above the heavens; and Thy truth reaches to the skies.” Psalm 108:4

God’s love is so much greater than ours. Our love can reach for the skies but will never reach the skies. Our love can sometimes imitate God’s love, or reflect God’s love but never can it surpass, match or replace God’s love. We can love like He loves, but our love will never compare to the height, the depth, the width or the length of His love. Unlike our conditional love, His love is unconditional, unlimited and unrestricted. Our everyday goal should be to strive to love more like He loves, always recognizing our shortcomings. His love has no limits; it’s endless, bottomless, matchless, precious and perfect.

God loves us. He loves you. He loves me. God loves the world. Sometimes, I just need to meditate on that truth and let it sink into my deepest parts, so that I can fully appreciate it. This verse reminds me that the connection between me and Him is not based on time and space. The old question goes something like this… “If you aren’t as close to God as you used to be, guess who moved?” And just in case you’re not thinking real clear today, let me answer that for you… it’s always us who has moved away from Him.

But, isn’t it always His love that comes and gets us? Doesn’t He seem to show us kindness… or send a word of encouragement… or through a song, touches us… or reminds us of something near and dear to us… that draws us back to Him? We can run but we can’t hide. We can pull away and walk away or close our eyes and ears and even shut down, but He always draws us back. It is indeed His kindness that leads us to repentance. His love melts our hearts. We need this kind of love.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Life’s too short. From time to time, reach your hands up to heaven, let out some kind of joyful noise and remind yourself that His love reaches that high. Look up into the sky, above the clouds during the day, beyond the stars at night and think of how great is the love of God that reaches to the heavens. When I ponder this great love, I can’t resist Him. He puts a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I can lean on Him… trust Him… and walk with Him. Look beyond your own limits to just receive His limitless love. And remember… He not only loves you… He likes you… and He’s proud of you!

Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your love that never changes though I do. Jesus in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen