There are many facets of love, but the greatest love ever known to man is the love of Christ. Christ’s love is so great, yet many of us continue to question whether or not God truly cares for us. God has provided ample evidence of His love. However, we do not always rely on such evidence to assure us of how God feels.
In The Great Controversy, Ellen G. White writes, “God has given us sufficient evidence of His love, and we are not to doubt His goodness because we cannot understand the workings of His providence.” With these words, White reminds us that we should not question God’s love simply because we do not understand His divine direction for our lives.
Unfortunately, most of us question God’s love when we cannot understand our circumstances or why God has allowed them. We ask ourselves, “If God loves me, why would He allow me to be jobless, homeless, heartbroken, violated, lonely, or in despair?” We use our temporary circumstances as a means to measure God’s infinite love. Measuring God’s love this way can be easy to do, but God desires that we KNOW that His love is not dependant upon our circumstances, whether good or bad. He does not love us more when things are well or less when things are not so well.
The depth of God’s love is consistent and continuous. Even when we do not have the ability to understand, His love remains. The depth of God’s love is shown to us, not according to what we have done, but based upon what He did on Calvary. God exhibited His great love when He sent Christ Jesus to die for our sins (See John 3:16). In the gospel of John, Jesus declares, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…[for] Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:9,13 NKJV) “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16 NIV) “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-7 NIV)
Thank you for Your gift of love. Help us not to measure Your love based upon how we feel or according to the things we have. But, teach us to know Your love and recognize that the greatest love was demonstrated when You died on Calvary. If we have not accepted You into our lives, help us to open our hearts that we may receive You as our Savior. In our moments of doubt, direct us back to the cross that we may remember the depth of Your great love. With sincerity we ask all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to accept the great love that God has shown to you through His son Jesus Christ. Rather than question God’s love, operate out of your knowledge of who God is and what He did for you on Calvary. Recognize that God’s love is great. Regardless of what you are going through, God wants you to know that He truly loves you!
Enjoy this special selection, “No Greater Love”:
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)