You don’t have to spend much time in church before you hear someone tell you that Jesus loves you. For Christians, this is a fundamental belief. Maybe even the fundamental belief.
But one aspect of His love that gets overlooked is how He loves us.
If you search the Bible for what category we fall into for God, you might find something funny:
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends,”
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,”
“and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,”
“Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister…”
You have ravished my heart,
My sister, my spouse;
Song of Sol. 4:9
Here we have the categories of friend, child, heir, co-heir, sibling, and bride. That’s a bit confusing. And to be honest, off-putting. I mean, ‘my sister, my spouse’? It sounds like a bad reality show.
But think about the love that goes along with each of those categories.
The love you feel for a friend is special because you chose that person. You have no legal or biological tie to them. You choose to spend time with them and love them because they matter to you.
I’ve never had children of my own but I’ve been called the ‘second mommy’ of three precious little boys and I’ve had a taste of a parent’s love through loving them. I know how powerful and overwhelming it is, how unconditional and permanent.
Because these children are not mine, I also caught a glimpse of God’s heart for adoption. To make someone who wasn’t born to you your heir means that you chose to take responsibility for them. You hand-picked them to carry your name.
I have six siblings so I know what that love feels like. It’s a special tie that that runs deep and means that no matter what, I’ve got their backs, and they’ve got mine. We’ve grown up together and get each other on a level that no one else could ever understand.
I’ve been very happily married for almost nine months now and I can honestly say that my love for my husband has only grown since the day I married him. I love him more than any other human being. I chose him and I get to revel in the knowledge that he chose me. We are committed to each other and I know that no matter what happens, he will love me through. I’m committed to loving him till the day I die.
Think about all the people you love and how you love them. God loves you in all those ways too.
He chose you
He is bound to you
His love for you is unconditional and permanent
He hand-picked you to be part of His family
He will never leave you
He delights in you
You make His heart sing
Nobody else is capable of loving you as completely as God does. No one else will ever, could ever, love you that fully, that deeply. No one can make that level of commitment to you. No one can ever be there for you like God can.
It is my prayer that you are drinking deeply of His love for you today and it is my dearest hope…
“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”