Your love is strong.

December 18, 2008

When we cherish sin in our hearts — not necessarily that we consciously love the sin, but even that we passively allow it to thrive unchecked — we, in effect, are telling God that we despise His love.  No God, this sin is more attractive, and this is where I’ll cast my affections.

When we open our hearts to sin, no matter how “small” we may reckon it to be, we close our hearts to the Holy One who sent His Son to bear the weight of our sins and die.  In clinging to our sin, justifying it or excusing it, we are saying that we despise the demonstrated love of God.

Is it no wonder then that we who persist in our sin are least aware of the love of God?  Is it no wonder then that we who refuse to repent of our sin most question His love for us?

We see how our sins push away even those closest to us.  We see how our sin repels those who (humanly speaking) should love us best.  And consequently, we don’t wonder so much whether He does love us but whether He can still love us.

But His love is stronger than we think or know.

Even when we sin and would appear hateful and unlovable to all (even ourselves), His love is strong.

Even when believers crumble, feeling helpless to sin and forgetting that sin shall have no dominion over us, His love is strong.

Even when it seems that human will and sin have had the final say, His love is strong.

Even when our hearts have wandered, His love is strong.

Even when we fall and “stupidly” trade in His way for our way (whether it’s creatively ours or another’s way that we’ve adopted), His love is strong.

Even when all else forsake, His love is strong.

Even when we’re like Gomer, naked and shameful and altogether undesirable, His love is strong.

Even then.

His love isn’t a feeble, helpless love.  His love is strong to transform, strong to penetrate the hardest of hearts, strong to work repentance where it seems impossible, strong to perfect what He’s begun in us, strong to pursue and win the affections of His people, strong to remain unaffected by any apathy or indifference or deadness, strong to save to the uttermost, strong to give even one more day of grace before He comes in righteous judgment, strong …

How can it be that things that would dry up any human well of affection don’t even begin to alter His love for us?  How can it be that His love isn’t based on anything meritorious or lovable to be had in us?

I don’t know how.  All I know is that’s His character.  That’s who He is.  And all I know is that when I look to Him — not to myself or man or history or circumstances or sin — I see His love, vast and strong.

And I don’t get it.  But there it is.  Or rather, there He is.double-overhand_knot

Two things You told me
That You are strong
And You love me
Yes, You love me

Your love is
Your love is
Your love is strong


2 Responses to “Your love is strong.”

  1. nathan Says:

    thanks tia, this was good

  2. tia Says:

    His love is crazy…not to say that He’s crazy, but that compared to our calculated, measured-out ways with love, His love is crazy…

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