God’s Love, How Wide Is It?

Lately I’ve seen and heard several comments where people feel as though God doesn’t love them or won’t love them if they do this or that.

I wonder why people questions God’s love for them.  I know there is no scripture in the Word that says God stops loving people.  On the contrary, the Bible is full of God’s love.  The Bible is a love story between the Lord and the church.

1 John 4:8 [Full Chapter]
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Psalm 136:2
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Ephesians talks about husbands loving their wives as Christ love the church and gave himself up for her.  The truest love story ever.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
 
God's Love, How Wide Is It?

Small and Great Sins

To be honest, I’ve not ever thought God would stop loving me.  Even in my darkest hour, I knew He loved me.  He would stand me up on solid ground if I just surrendered to His love again.  I just needed to ask for His help.  He was sitting with me, waiting for me in the darkness.

Even in my anger toward Him, I knew He loved me.  I said all kinds of things to Him and He loved me anyway.  I was angry and He knew it.  I trusted that I could tell Him what was in me and He would love me anyway.

I say this because I am more than two years removed from that darkness and God loves me.  We have been restored.  If He didn’t love me despite myself, I would not be writing this to you today.

However, our human nature is to rate sin.  To think lying is not a big deal if it doesn’t hurt anyone, but stealing, killing and adultery, now those are big ones.  As Christians though, we like to say that sin is sin to God.

I came across this post from Grace Centered.  An online christian magazine.  I found it to be rather interesting and I tend to agree with what the author says.  The article talks about how sexual sin is worse because it’s done against the body.  All other sin is done outside the body.

1 Corinthians 6:18.
 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 

The author also mentions Jesus telling pilate the one who handed Him over is guilty of greater sin, in John 19:11.  It’s an enlightening read.

I also found this verse in 1 John 5.
1 John 5:17
All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.  

This verse supports what the author of the article is saying.   

But

Does this mean then that God stops loving people because we commit  great sin? Emphatically, NO!

John 3:16 [Full Chapter]
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
 
These last 2 verses tell me all I need to know.  That God loved me so much, His son died a criminals death as a sacrifice for my great sins because He loves me and is my friend.
Does this mean then that we can sin and get away with it?  Of course not.  You should check out what Paul says in Roman 7 regarding Sin and the Law.
All sin leads to a spiritual death and eternity in hell.  But for those who have put their trust and faith in Jesus as their savior have nothing to fear.  No matter what we do, God loves us anyway.  He chose us before the creation of the world. And we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Let me encourage you,  the Lord loves you no matter what.  You cannot say, think or do anything that would separate you from God’s love.  I encourage you to read the Word’s I’ve shared above that were written from God’s heart to yours.  Let those words of love sink deeply into your heart and know …

Romans 8:31-39

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is a prayer in Ephesians 3, written by Paul to the Gentiles.

 A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Answered Prayer

My husband, who loves me as Christ loves the church, prays this prayer for me and our children every day.  Recently, we were discussing this very topic.  I was telling him how amazing it is that God loves people in their sin.  How sometimes that is such a hard concept to grasp, but I get it.  It’s amazing!   Then he told me about this prayer above and how he prays that daily for me and the kids.  What a realization of answered prayer!  Praise the Lord!   I can tell you from experience, God’s Love is

WIDE!

 

I hope this has given you something to think about.  A hope and a reminder that God is captivated by you.  That His love is WIDE for you.  Please share with me in the comments link above other verses you keep close to you heart.

Sabrina

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