How can you measure the quality of one person’s love for another? Can it be measured or quantified in some way?
How often in some feedback response to a purchase or a holiday have you been asked to express your satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is terrible and 10 is wonderful? Tricky sometimes isn’t it. My finger has hovered over the response more than once. Should it be 6 or 7? There have been occasions when the exercise has seemed so trivial (How do you rate the quality and usefulness of a small bag of nails?) – anyway, more than once have I binned the response form.
So how on earth can you measure something like the quality of love?
Try rating the love of some of your friends – NO, don’t. Bin your response!
Now put yourself in Jesus’ shoes; how can he explain to rough and ready fishermen, or tax collectors, or anyone else, the quality of the love he has for them? And how could he describe it to sex-orientated generation such as ours? Can you possibly get your head around Jesus’ response?
I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.
The apostle John reminds us that ‘God IS love’, so perfection of love exists within the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On a human scale of 1 to10, God’s love is in a totally different dimension.
Jesus’ love for his people is in this different, eternal dimension. The quality of his love reflects the quality of love that exists within the Godhead.