To Know the Love of Christ

Our key verse – a beautiful and empowering prayer for all of us!

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. (Eph. 3:16-19 NIV)

It recently dawned on me, on one of my morning private worships, why a Christian may not truly and constantly feel God’s love, though in truth, it is constant, unfailing, unconditional, everlasting.

Sometimes, there are thoughts and feelings that we don’t deserve God’s love. We believe that it is so because of the things we do that displease Him. Sometimes we believe we encounter hardships in our lives because God is not pleased with us and so, He’s not blessing us, but instead, He’s letting the enemy make our lives miserable. The sad part of this is – we can’t feel God’s love and therefore, can’t appreciate it accordingly.

We insist on saying, “He can’t possibly love me – ugly [maybe in attitude, motives, and heart], unloveable me!” Or, “How can I truly feel God’s love in the midst of this suffering [or chronic illness or marital problems or unhappiness]? I only feel His severity!”

I had found this out: when we focus on our imperfections and the lack and trials in our lives, it is also hard to feel God’s love. And while we’re in that place, we begin to truly believe that God’s love is not possibly present in our lives. It is a grievous cycle.

But, if our eyes, hearts and minds are focused on how the Lord has been blessing us, we will know and feel His great love for us. When we start to look around us and count every blessing and name them one by one, we will realize that God is, in fact, continuously blessing us.

I have had these negative thoughts and feelings about the love of God for me. I had wrestled against them, straining to feel, really feel and know whether the God of the universe truly loves me and is delighted with me or not. But when I began to see the things He has done for me and given to me, the rush of His powerful love came upon me, engulfing me in its wake.

I may have been suffering for years, but when I review my life – love, joy, and peace are abundantly supplied by the Lord. He has healed much of my illness and with it came peace that passes all understanding. He is faithful to bring me joy every morning, even before I open my eyes. These, these durable riches are mine to keep because He blesses me.

When the difficulties of my suffering try to discourage me and make me feel miserable, I always find these – love, joy, peace, and hope – in Him. I look and see my children, and when I consider, I am still in awe at how the Lord has been so wondrously good to me, blessing me with them and giving me this great privilege to be their mother. Then I see my husband, faithful and steadfast in his devotion to me and to our family, and most of all, he loves and serves the Lord.

Yes, there shall be no lack of God’s blessings, if we truly see and consider. And when we see them and appreciate them, it is easy to feel the love of God. Then we can know and believe of this love. And we can thank Him with all that is in us.

There is also sometimes a persistent thought that because we displease God, therefore, He does not love us. But our displeasing Him and His loving us are two different things. This we really need to truly understand. I believe when we earnestly repent of our unrighteousnesses and profess our love for and faith in Him, His love is perfect to forgive us and cover all our sins [mistakes, failures, shortcomings, weaknesses]. So, it is not our imperfection or perfection that determines His love for us, for it is constant. But, as we show Him our dependence of Him, humbly coming before Him with our deep need of Him, we will always feel His love and acceptance.

On the other hand, it could be our feeling of being perfect that could drive us away from Him, believing that we are good and perfect on our own.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer N says:

    Beautiful post and so true! I have been going through a period like this and you are so right. Bless you!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Grateful to our Savior for His reminders, Jennifer, even through humble blogs like mine :). Blessings!

  2. This is SUCH an important message for us all to grasp–that God does love us, regardless of how we *feel* about it at the moment. His love is real and it is constant. He is faithful. Thank you for sharing this, Rina.

    • RinaPeru says:

      “His love is real” – so real in our lives, Lisa, and every moment, everyday, we are grateful!

  3. Nancy Sturm says:

    Such a lovely, encouraging post. Thank you!

  4. Audrey says:

    Thank you for being so open in your sharing. This is a great encouragement to all who read it. God’s love is truly insurmountable, and there’s nothing we can do to stop Him from loving us!

    • RinaPeru says:

      That is so true, Audrey. “Nothing can stop Him from loving us!” It’s my fervent prayer that we will always know and experience His love!

  5. Laura says:

    I have heard it said that whatever we fix our eyes on grows bigger. Your words illuminate this truth, Rina. Lovely, lovely thoughts.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Laura. The Lord is so kind and wonderful to lead me to write what is genuine. All praises to Him!

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