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Refreshed by God's Love

Remember that God is no more in love with you than He is with anyone else

Refreshed by God’s Love
Grasping God’s Love – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:18
[I pray that you] may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Grasping God’s Love”, the title of this week’s devotionals, ought to be an easy task for believers to do. However, it is sometimes not easy for most of us as we walk with Him.

Our sin causes us to struggle with grasping God’s love for us. This is why we must learn God’s Word and trust it as the only truth.

First John 4:10 reminds us why God sent Jesus to the earth in the first place:

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

The word “atoning” in this verse refers to an act of appeasing God. God could not ignore the fact that all of us are full of sin. If we are full of sin, then we cannot live eternally in Heaven with God. God is a God of love, and this love refuses to give up on us. God sent Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins. God includes everyone in this gift of love:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

We believers sometimes forget that God is no more in love with us than He is with every unbeliever in our world. There is not a sinner that you have ever known or heard of that God does not love. God does not want to lose anyone:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

If God is “patient” with those who have yet to repent, how much more patient is He with us who have repented and accepted Jesus as our Savior?

There is a fine line between being too easy and being too hard on ourselves when we sin. This verse makes it clear that we are to live every day with an attitude that we must not sin against this God of love:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1)

But this verse also assures us that if we do sin, Jesus’s sacrifice continues to cover us and forgive us. Once we get this settled in our minds, we can live each day with a firm grasp on God’s love for us!

Father, I will never fully understand how much You love me. I praise and worship You for my salvation! In Jesus’s Name, I pray, amen.