a love like that

heart_hand_love_hdIn a recent sermon I was talking about the epic love God has for us and I cited a David Crowder Band song entitled, “Surely We Can Change” There is a line in the song that states:

“And I don’t know
What to do with a love like that
And I don’t know
How to be a love like that.”

That lyric literally haunts me. It haunts me because I am mystified by the enormity of God’s love. I struggle to embrace this love that I don’t deserve and that I am completely unworthy of. I grimace at the the thought of it, realizing how often I have ignored it or taken it for granted. I am bewildered when I remember that Scripture declares that while I was unlovable God demonstrated his love for me in a graphic way. No wonder Paul encourages believers every where “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18, 19

But there’s more, much more. It’s that part that says, “I don’t know how to be a love like that.” The truth is, sometimes I don’t want God to love me so much. There isn’t any self-deprecation in that statement, in fact, just the opposite. Let me explain what I mean. I want God to love me enough to forgive me and grant me entrance into heaven. But there are times that I don’t want him to love me so purely that it requires me to “be a love like that”. I have come to find that the more I “grasp…the love of Christ” the greater requirement it places upon me to love God and others with the same intensity that I have been loved. And to be frank, there are some occasions when my selfishness and self-centered nature would prefer to have it’s own way. But in those moments I am brought face to face with God’s epic love and it calls me to a higher standard, and thus, the title of the song, I must change.

Thankfully, little by little, I am.


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