That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of it.
– Ephesians 3:17 & 18
We can never hear enough about God’s love. To hear it, to read about it, to drink it in – is what we need to do as Believers. 1 John 4:16: “And we know and believe the love God cherishes for us…” I believe that every human on this earth was made to know, believe, and receive the love of God for them. The world is crying out just like in the words of the song, “I want to know what love is, and I want you to show me…”
Let me show you a beautiful picture of the love of Jesus. Before Jesus was crucified, He spent time with his disciples, telling them what was about to take place and that they were not able to go with him. While they were having this conversation Peter confidently said to Jesus that he will always go with Jesus and never leave him. Jesus turned to Peter, in love, and said to him that before the rooster crows, he would deny him three times. You need to see that Jesus didn’t say this to Peter in a belittling way; trying to make Peter feel inadequate and He did not rebuke him. Jesus saw Peter’s heart and Jesus spoke the truth in complete love to reassure him of His love for Peter, so that he can know that even though He (Jesus) knew this, that His love for him (Peter) will not change or fail. He went to the cross for Peter because of His great love and also for the whole world. So, when the Roman soldiers came to capture Jesus, Peter started to act on what he said he would do. Peter took out his sword in trying to defend Jesus and he cut off the ear of one of the soldiers, but Jesus stopped Peter and helped him by saying, “those who live by the sword, will die by the sword.”
As they took Jesus away to be crucified, Peter followed and people around him recognized him and pointed at Peter and said that he was a disciple of Jesus. Fear got a hold of Peter’s heart, and we all know that he ended up denying that he knew Jesus three times. Peter realised what he had done, and the Bible says he wept bitterly. I can just imagine the condemnation that he felt in is his heart as he realized that he just denied Jesus. After Jesus was crucified and buried, He rose from the dead on the third day and here are the first words He spoke to the women that saw him at the grave: “Go tell Peter and the others, that I am alive…” Can you see the unconditional love of Jesus for Peter? Peter denied Jesus, but Jesus did not deny him, and he wanted Peter to know it. We can see that Peter received this unconditional love and didn’t allow it to be a setback, for after the Holy Spirit was poured out, Peter was the one that stood up, preaching the Gospel boldly and 3000 people came to Christ on that first day. The one that denied Jesus three times, became the ROCK.
Maybe you feel like a failure today and that you are not always living up to the standard you set for yourself or that you think others or God expects of you – thinking that you have failed God. You constantly disqualify yourself from the great love of God. You are thinking and trying to see if you measure up or deserve the love of God. Hear this today, God is well pleased with you, and He loves you with His perfect love! It is impossible for you to think, do or say something that will change the love of Jesus for you. His love will change you… Oh, how great is His love for us! When you know and believe in His love for you, it will then overflow to others around you. You cannot give what you do not have.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love?”