Unlimited: A Better Kind of Love
Mar 18, 2019 1322
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7–8, NIV).
The Bible tells us what the love of God is like. In Romans 5, the apostle Paul tells us that God’s love can’t even be compared to the highest kinds of human love (vv. 7–8). Because people might be willing to die for the worthy, but Christ died for the worthless.
Jesus told a parable of a worthless son in Luke 15. He is worthless in every sense of the word, yet the father sees him from far away, throws off his heavy cloak, and runs down the road as fast as he can. When he gets to his son, he throws his arms around his neck, weeping tears of joy. The Father loves simply because he loves.
The other brother doesn’t understand his. He has the human definition of love: that love must somehow be earned, and he is angry with his father.
At the end of the story, as the brother refuses to celebrate, it seems that he will never understand the Father’s love. The Father’s love doesn’t conform to his expectations or his religion. It’s a different kind of love.
Love isn’t defined by the worth of the loved, but by the character of the Lover. And after what Jesus did at Calvary, how could you ever feel unloved again? – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Most of our experiences of love have been flawed in some way. What is the best kind of human love you have ever experienced? In your mind, remove its flaws and multiply it by eternity, and you are getting close to what the love of God for you is like. God’s love is not earned by obedience. You are fully loved each and every day not just on your best days. How will you respond?