Monday, April 7, 2014

How wide and long and high and deep

My pastor was speaking on Ephesians 4:14-21 this Sunday, and specifically on God's love for us. While the whole sermon was fantastic, the part that hit me the most came from verses 18 and 19, when Paul prays that the church might "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge". My pastor used space to paint a picture of this love...

It is 46 billion light years from Earth to the edge of the universe. A light year is about 9.5 trillion kilometers. Times that by 46 billion and you get a number that is off the charts. So when we humans are so proud of making it to the moon... oh wait! And even to Mars... this doesn't even compare to how vast the universe is.

This is how it is with God's love...  we can only get as far as the moon and we can't even comprehend getting further than that. Sure we can put a number to it, but can we really grasp it's width, length, height and depth? 

So take heart - the God whose love is infinitely bigger than we can image has determined to love you. No matter what you do, who you think you are, what stain you think is too hard to remove, God has got it covered. He's in a position of judgement, but chooses love - a love that surpasses knowledge. As the Hillsong United song "Like An Avalanche" says: "nothing compares to this love, love, love."

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