Even astronomers struggle to comprehend really big numbers – like how many stars there are, or how big the universe is, or how long ago did the universe we can see come into being. And if we can’t even comprehend big numbers what chance have we of understanding the immensity of God’s love? Paul can only pause in writing his letter to pen the words it is too great to understand fully.
Just pause for a moment in your reading today to think of examples of Jesus’ love. What comes to your mind?
Was it in touching and healing a leper? Or perhaps his tears as he called on Lazarus to come out of the tomb?
Or do you reflect on how God’s love has been shown to you through the kindness of another person? Or you have grasped in a fresh way God’s love and grace in forgiveness after some serious failure on your part?
Perhaps you do no more than think of the cross and Jesus dying to reconcile you to your heavenly Father. Isn’t that a love that is too great to understand fully? What human mind can take in and understand redeeming love that held the eternal Son of God to a rough wooden cross?
Paul is not however inviting anyone to try to understand it, he wants his readers to experience it – to feel it touching life in its rawness. It is in experiencing it, feeling it, grasping that God’s love is personal, that our roots go down deeper into God, and create spiritual stability in our daily round.
Such love does not develop overnight, it grows through practice – those moments when we say ‘YES’ to loving the unlovely, and caring for the lonely.
Love only grows in being expressed, and if unexpressed, dies a slow death.
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