"He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love"
(1 John 4:8)
"We love Him, because He first loved us"
(1 John 4:19)
It's an awesome thought to ponder the Love that our God has for us.
It's even more awesome to realize that He desires to have an intimate and loving relationship with us. In fact, He longs for it.
The late Rich Mullins described this longing of God as ".. the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God..."
It's a furious Love.
And an even more furious longing. That is what Jesus has for us. He loves us with an all-consuming, unconditional, unfailing and tender love. A Love that is unimaginable.
And He longs for us to love Him with an unfathomable fury.
God is Love. It's who He is. There has never been a time when God was not Love. And He loves us with a Love unsurpassed by any other.
He loves us in our sin and in our repentance.
He loves us in our weakness and in our strength.
He loves us in our fears and in our courage.
He loves us.
No limits. No boundaries. He just loves us.
In tears and laughter. In sorrow and joy.
Our Father...Our Abba, loves us.
And in that place of His furious Love for us, we find our Love for Him.
A love of surrender. A love of trust and obedience.
A seeking and a yearning love.
A love that completes our longing spirits.
Because of His great Love for us, we are able to tap into that reservoir and have union with our God. A union of Love. An overwhelming, astounding and indescribable union with an awesome God.
And then we are swept up in the sweet embrace of God's fury and receive the unbelievable gift of His Love.
Praise you, Jesus, for your consuming Love. May we experience a reckless and raging longing to love you as you love us. May it be a furious love that knows no bounds.