Words from the Heart for Saturday January 23rd, 2021
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Ephesians 3:18 (NLT)
The Love of God
According to Reader’s Digest, popular lore would have you believe that young people in the town of Love, Saskatchewan used to stroll through the streets holding hands – and this gave the town its name. This would make a fun story, but it isn’t true. The town is actually named for Tom Love, the conductor on the first train to pass through these parts. The village, known internationally for its postmark of a teddy bear holding a heart, welcomes many couples looking to get married.
Scientists tell us that while we have spent centuries exploring space, the oceans right here on earth are just as mysterious. We can measure the extent of the oceans using technology, but there remains so much yet-to-be-discovered in hidden crevices and at unimaginable depths. If this is the case with a portion of God’s creation, how much more is it true when exploring the love of God. Paul describes it this way in Ephesians 3:18: “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” How can we possibly comprehend the love of God? In spite of our sinfulness, God loves us unconditionally. Unlike human love that so often comes with strings attached, God’s love is pure and consistent. The only way we can ever begin to understand God’s love is through Jesus Christ, who while we were still sinners died for us. It doesn’t take long reading the Hebrew Scriptures to see how quickly and how often God’s chosen people turned their hearts from Him. Just like we do. In Jesus, we see the extent of God’s pursuit of us, the length, height of depth of His love.
These have been words from the heart.