– Psalm 139
– 1 Corinthians 13
Sometimes I wonder if we can ever understand the vastness of God’s love for us. I’ve never been able to grasp the concept that our God is so big, so eternal and so present that he never wasn’t… he’s always been there, and he’s always existed. I think His love, in this same sense, it too great for us to wrap our heads around and it makes me want to cry with a strange mix of gratitude, reciprocated love and utter confusion.
I love Psalm 139. It talks about how intimately God knows each of us, and in verse 6 it says, ‘such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.’ Though the way that God knows and loves us is definitely ‘too lofty for me to attain’, here’s what I do know: God’s love is beautiful, bold, big and above all, it’s an undeserved blessing.
When we were younger, Peter gave me an ID bracelet with ‘1 Corinthians 13:4-8’ engraved into it. You may have heard of the verse… it tends to be read at a lot of weddings, or quoted when talking about romance. ‘Love is patient, love is kind…’ but it’s not talking about that kind of love. It’s the perfect demonstration of how to love, because it’s an example of how God loves us. It sounds straight forward… being patient, kind, not envying, boastful, proud, dishonouring, self-seeking, easily angered or keeping records of wrongs. We all try to do these things, surely – but this verse says that TRUE love, always does these things.
It’s no secret that we are a mess. We start wars – not only the big ones in history and on TV, but mini-wars in our hearts and our homes and in our friendships. God notices our impurities and he gets angry and upset when we disobey or ignore Him, but as 1 Corinthians 13 says, his love is an always love that is entirely unconditional. Unlike friends, or possibly family, He doesn’t walk away from us, ignore us, or forget about us.
I wrote a post about being gracious a few days ago (you can read it here). One of the easiest ways to learn how to be gracious is to attempt to view people as God does. Each person we see, know, meet, is someone that God knitted together himself… he made them intricately unique, special, beautiful and unconditionally loved.
I hope we can strive to live out this impossible love as well.
— Lauren x