I had an unexpected revelation of the love of God recently. God and I talk in the wee hours, and twice, He revealed His love to me. I cannot begin to put it into words except to say it is the purest, most transparent, and powerful thing I've ever known.
Now, God's love saved me from a dark and horrible place, so I thought I knew the scope of it. I thought I knew the depth and the size of His grace. I didn't, not really, because, you see, our human minds have no comparison. None.
Your parents may love you. Your spouse may be your best, most intimate friend, and of course, you love your children. But even at their highest, those come with strings. Our idea of love always has expectations. Of ourselves, we want to repay it to the one who loves us. Of them, we feel the need to measure up. We see it as earnable, as reciprocal, as our duty. We paint it with apologies and with sacrifice. We love in spite of that last argument.
The love of God, though, is free of all that. It is consistent and of equal measure to all. TO ALL. It isn't higher for you and lower for the guy you hate. It's as tall, as grand, as full, as clean for the most screwed up individual as it is for the nicest or most talented.
There's no judgment on it. None. Not one ounce. Not even a hint of disappointment or "I wish she'd try harder." You really can't earn it. It's "free, free-free-free." If we could truly know how incredible it is, how unhindered, how much our lives would change.
Instead, we paint the love of God with doubt. We give it shadows that hide personality quirks we're sure He has. We're wrong. God IS love, and as long as we're trying to be good enough, as long as we're measuring it out, "a little for you, because you did that thing," but "more for you, because you volunteered to help your elderly neighbor," then we're WAY off base.
God's love is the most open, most available, most humbling spring. It never runs out, never becomes less, never alters in its delivery. The shortcomings we find are just that, OURS. We press God into the box that fits into our need for explanation when its best description is that you can't explain it at all.
It just IS. He loves. Everyone. All the time.
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rm 8:38-39)
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1Jn 4:8)
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Suzanne D. Williams, Author