Friday, February 5, 2021

Devotionals for the Heart: God's Love

The Measure of God’s Love
A devotional by Mirachelle Canada

“ that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)

How do we measure the love of God? God is great. He is the creator and master of the vast, never-ending universe. He has no beginning or end. Then, the essence of all He is must be immeasurable, right?

When growing up in church, young children are often taught to sing the famous hymn “Jesus Loves Me.” In the very first verse is the assurance that His love is true. It says, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Children rarely question this or ask where in the Bible it states Jesus loves me. A child’s faith level allows them to accept this as truth unconditionally. It’s only as we grow older (and imagine ourselves wiser) that we question the truth of who God is, and the validity of His love for us.

Have you ever questioned God with, “If you love me, why did you let this happen?” Or requested of Him, “If you love me, show me...tell me...let me...” If is a word that isn’t in God’s vocabulary of Love. If casts doubt on who God says He is. When we doubt His love, we have but to go the Bible for clarification and assurance to find Ephesians 3:18 that tells us that the measure of God’s love goes to “the breath and length and height and depth” and also that there is a depth of His love that “surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). Meaning God’s love knows no worldly bounds. As God is out of this world, so too is His love.

So, how then do we understand the level of God’s supernatural love?

We gain understanding by allowing God to fully dwell in our hearts through our faith (Ephesians 3:17). “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV). The measurement of God’s love is determined by how deep we are willing to let our faith (and hope) go with Him beyond the confines of our contradicting mind and flesh. To any height, depth, breath, or length. To the expanse of a never-ending universe! To that incomprehensible place where only He can impart the surpassing knowledge of His love so that we may be filled with His fullness (Ephesians 3:19). Then, by being filled with His Spirit, it will bear witness with our spirit (Romans 8:16) and produce in our lives God’s fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV).

By acknowledging the greatness of God and being willing to go to immeasurable, supernatural lengths to be rooted and grounded in His love, we can be confident “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 ESV). Thank you, Jesus!

Let’s pray: Lord, I thank you for your boundless love. Help me to overcome any doubt and to unconditionally accept your love for me. Lead me into a deeper understanding with you so that I may be one with your Spirit and honor your purpose for first loving me. In Jesus's Name I pray. Amen.

Reflection Questions:

How has God shown you the levels of His immeasurable love in your life? 

Share your experience in the comments below. 

Are you struggling with accepting God’s love? 

Leave a comment below so we may know how to pray for you. 

Author Bio:

Mirachelle Canada is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director/producer from Northern Virginia, where she teaches television production at her high school alma mater. 

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting from Regent University and is an alumnus of Act One: Hollywood Film & Television Writing Program.

Mirachelle is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Fiction Writers Virginia Chapter, The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Your Novel Blueprint.

She is currently working on her first historical fiction novel set during WWII.

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