The Depth of God’s Love
by Celita Perillo
Let me be honest. Sometimes I don’t understand God’s love for me. I just don’t.
There’s a Christian music artist, Hollyn, whose song “Alone” makes me laugh as I sing the lyrics “I can be a little punk sometimes.” Great song that, while I laugh, also pokes my spirit.
It’s true. I can be a huge stinker sometimes, and in some moments I can wholly disgust myself: with my behaviour, my bad choices, my pride, my reactions to situations, how easily I get stressed out about things, or how I forget AGAIN and AGAIN God’s promises and commandments.
Sometimes I forget to live surrendered. I forget to show grace, mercy, forgiveness. Sometimes I’m my least favorite person, my own worst enemy. And, sometimes, knowing this, I start to get really down about myself. I feel like a letdown to myself, but, even more, I feel like a letdown to Jesus.
But… wait. Jesus knew we needed a Saviour, and THAT’S why He came. He died for all of those moments. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (Jesus) to die, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
He knew our faults, knew we would fail, knew we would make mistakes or choose the crooked way. He knew! And He still chose to come. He came to live, so He could die! He came out of LOVE- For us! We have value!
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3: 17)
Aren’t these precious perspectives of His love for us? And then there is THIS…
If we know Him personally, as our Lord and Saviour, this is what the Bible says in Romans 8: 35-39,
God’s Everlasting Love
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So when I’m feeling most unloved and unloveable, weak, and plain worthless, He is passionately loving me and you and us, anyway! Yes! And by knowing Him, we know true love because 1 John 4:16 says, “God is love...”
Every Biblical account I read where Jesus is ministering to people I am amazed by His care, compassion, and affection for the masses. Each need mattered to Him. And, recently, I was struck by the realization that He WANTED the lives He touched to succeed, to live fully. Jesus came that we “may have life, and… have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
So, why am I saying all of this? Let’s get ourselves up, dusted off, and keep on going! Our love is not effective enough to restore, to heal, to reconcile. But His is. Jesus is enough. We must “Watch, Stand fast in the faith, Be brave, Be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13) We must have the courage to get back up again and persevere to the end.
Dear Jesus, forgive me for letting my emotions, thoughts, feelings, and life experiences get the better of me. Thank You for BEING love, for never leaving or forsaking me, and for so faithfully loving me, even when I am not pleasant, strong, or worthy. I would sincerely be lost without You.
Help us, Jesus, to let You, Love, guide us, help us, console us, and teach us. Lead the way. Help us to let Your Love cover a multitude of sins, the sins You already died for so that we could have new beginnings, new mercies, and truly live. Help us to remember that it’s not about being perfect, but it’s about being obedient and surrendered.
Minister to each and every reader of this article. Bless them, protect them, encourage them, strengthen them, and pour upon them joy upon joy, hope upon hope, blessings upon blessings. In Your name and power, Jesus. Amen.
About the Author
Celita Perillo is a 40-something wife and mother of five living in Southern Italy. Her goals are to never stop learning, draw ever nearer to Jesus, and be intentional in counting blessings; encouraging, edifying, and sharing God’s love to others.
A smile and kind word go a long way. While she has many verses that mean a lot to her, she considers Colossians 3: 17, 23 her life verses.
You can read Celita’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.