Love in 4 dimensions

God’s love stretches from one side of the universe to the other. It also reaches from Heaven all the way to Earth. The width and depth and length and breadth of God’s love for us encompass all of Creation. So…why do we doubt His love for us sometimes? We see some bad things happening or we get a diagnosis that isn’t good for us or someone we love and we ask, “Why me, Lord?”. God allows bad things to happen but it is usually because we need to learn something. Sometimes that lesson isn’t easy to learn and we have to learn it the hard way.

God’s love is still there. He never leaves us and what He allows in our life, good or bad, is usually for our own good. We don’t see it that way but after the trouble is over or we make it through the problem, usually we will see the reason for it. Sometimes we don’t see it immediately or even a year or so later but as long as we don’t move away from God and seek His answer for the reason, we will find it one day.

Romans 5: 5,8:

5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.  8 But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16,17: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Ephesians 2:4,5: 4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!

God’s love for us is shown through the sacrifice of His Son for our salvation. But…God’s love also shows up in unexpected ways almost every day. Most of us don’t notice. A cool breeze on a hot day. A large cloud that shades our workplace wherever it may be. The rest we get after a long day, even if it takes a while. Finding our keys when we have lost them.

Some people may not think of these small gifts as showing the love of God, but they do. He cares for us far more than we can imagine. I believe that the fact that God loved us long before we were even born is the hardest part of His love for us to take in. He knew about each of us before Creation morning. Remember, Scripture says that God puts our sins away as far as the East is from the West. That is an infinite amount of space between Himself and any record of our sins once we have accepted Jesus and the atonement of His blood.

Jesus told His disciples to allow the children to come to Him and it is their innocence and complete faith that He desires. The problem that we have is our “grown” ideas and the fact that most of us want to help out even when we ask Him to take care of a problem. All of us want to pitch in and help but when it is cancer or something that we can’t do anything about we need to learn to depend on Him…like a child. 

Even a pet or companion, like a little dog/Dachshund, depends upon us for their care, food, and well-being. We need to learn to depend on God for those things as well. We are hard-headed though and we tend toward trying to help God when He doesn’t need our “help” to take care of things. Even when we know that we can’t “help” Him, we still try to and most of the time we get in His way or even try to take whatever we have prayed about back into our hands so that we can fix it.

God’s love for us, and all of His Creation, is far more intimate and deep than we can imagine. Remember, He is the One Who knitted our DNA together in the womb before we were born. He knows the kind of personality you will have and how smart you will be long before you are born. Every molecule that makes you and me who we are was designed and placed in us by Him. There is no part of you that you can keep from Him even when you want to keep something secret. 

There is something else that we need to think about and remember about God’s love for us: He came to Earth as a human to give His Life to ransom us from hell and if we believe in His atonement on the cross…we will have eternal life with Him. If that doesn’t demonstrate God’s love for every person that He knows will accept His gift of grace…I don’t know what could.

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope . . . because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:3–5).

The Bible does not say that we have to experience suffering to learn patience or to increase our faith in Him. Jesus did say that we would have trouble and persecution in this world. Although suffering did happen in Paul’s life and the apostles’ lives after Jesus was taken up. Suffering has been a part of the church since the beginning but it brings our faith and our patience to be perfected in our faith in Him. This is part of life and all of us have experienced it to one degree or another.

Remember, God is Life and it is by His pleasure that we live and have our being. Each breath and every heartbeat that we have is given to us by Him. That is why we need to seek Him every day before we go anywhere or even get out of bed because He provides us with the ability to talk, walk and live in His Presence every day. Just remembering this and doing this is not an easy thing for us to do because we’ve been brought up to think that we can do it ourselves…without His help. But, God will allow us to do that until we realize that we truly need His help in all of our lives and in everything that we do. Many times it takes something drastic to happen in our lives to force us to give Him the wheel of our lives and direct us toward a better outcome than we could’ve possibly steered our lives toward.

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