Oceans of Love

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Dear Friends,

As I meditated on the precious love of God, I began to get carried away in deep thought about the vastness of His love and just wanted to share these reflections with you …….

We’ve probably all experienced unrequited love in one way or another – through friends, loved ones, etc. Many of us know what that feels like and how painful it is – giving love, opening the door of our hearts, hoping for relationship, only to experience coldness or rejection – and so does God, especially as He has oceans of love for us.

Even if we have a relationship with God, through Christ, sometimes our erring ways can cause us to actually draw away from Him, because we know He is holy, and when we fall short we feel we have failed Him, yet again. It can be the case that instead of running to Him, we may find ourselves missing out on those special times of fellowship and closeness. In His mercy, He lovingly calls us to draw near to Him. He patiently waits … all because of His precious love for us.

There have been seasons in my faith life when things were going along nice and smoothly, then, at some point, I felt I’d failed God again in one way or another and would think to myself – `He must be tired of me constantly coming back for forgiveness’. As my relationship with Him grew, however, I became reassured by the reminder that it wasn’t any good that I had done that made me acceptable to God – but the righteousness of Jesus alone.

We are saved by grace through faith, not by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Although we are saved FOR good works, we’re not saved BY them. When we realise this, we can not only ask for forgiveness when we’re in the wrong, but can forgive ourselves and others too.

When Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross, He paved the way for those special words that He uttered to be fulfilled – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The transaction was done in terms of God. He “so loved the world that He gave ..” (John 3:16). He did His part. After that, it was our turn to respond to His gift, so that we could experience this forgiveness.

It’s continually our turn to respond to His heart of love which extends beyond the cross however. As we seek to follow the Lord in our daily walk, we can experience a continual cleansing and forgiveness, because of our fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7-9). His sacrifice makes us acceptable; His perfection covers our imperfection.

God’s oceans of love are such that He calls us to “come boldly” to His throne of grace “that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Isn’t that precious?! Tears fill my eyes just to think about this fact. That love is unconditional, forgiving, full of mercy, reaching out to all the world, looking for an inlet into our hearts. What a treasure!

I love that wonderful song written by Graham Kendrick entitled “Such Love” …..

I hope this may have blessed your heart!
Much love,
Christine

 

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