Have you ever stood on a beach shore and gazed across the waters into the distance? You feel the ocean breeze gently upon you and the view seems never-ending, vast and full of great, astonishing beauty. Well, that’s what God’s love feels like to me. There are no boundaries in width or depth – it’s absolutely amazing! I have had many experiences but I can tell you this without reservation; when it comes to God’s love, NOTHING can compare to it.
Because of God’s love for me, my most treasured relationship begins with Him. I love him because he first loved me. (1John 4:19) His love is so powerful that once you really grasp the immensity of it, you’ll never be the same. His love can heal, comfort, sustain, restore and on and on and on…… There are no limits to what His love can do in anyone’s life.
One of the most well-known and quoted Scriptures in the Bible is John 3:16; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I can recall the anguish that I felt when my only son went to be with the Lord. I thought to myself, “I know the pain that I’m feeling but I can’t begin to imagine what God felt when he sent Jesus – his only Son into this world to be crucified for me.” THAT IS LOVE! When I’m reminded that Jesus willingly went to the cross on my behalf, I feel honored to tell the world that HE IS MY FIRST LOVE.
I want to encourage you to make God’s love your first love. It’s so easy to become preoccupied or distracted with life and lose sight of the priority of God’s love. I would say that all of us struggle with keeping that balance. It’s not easy but necessary if you want to experience the fullness of the Lord. If you’ve been waning lately in your relationship with Him, there’s no better time than now to return to your first love. (Revelation 2:4) Today, commit or recommit to loving God more than ever. Make some changes, rearrange schedules, spend time with the Father. Do whatever it takes to make it happen because if you really think about it – that’s exactly what Christ did for us. He made it happen!