Love that Exceeds All Knowledge

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

In a world such as ours, where individualism is encouraged, it is very difficult to understand the love of Christ. We live in societies that see with good eyes and applaud us to seek to serve us first before others. We are told that if we do not love ourselves first, we will not be able to love anyone. We are taught that we should strive to be happy about all things. For all this, in a world where the end justifies the means, Ephesians 3:14-19 becomes more effective because the love of Christ exceeds all knowledge.

The philosophy of the world tells us that we were born to be happy. According to this premise, each person should strive to achieve happiness in order to fulfill his purpose in life. That happiness that the world presents does not take into account that other people could be harmed in order to achieve the individual fulfillment of oneself. But what the world tells us is that we cannot give what we do not have, so if we are not happy, we cannot make anyone else happy. So the world urges us to satisfy ourselves first rather than satisfy others.

Sadly, many who think in this way spend an unhappy life. The reason is very simple, around you there are people who think the same way. And when everyone is struggling selfishly to achieve their own happiness, no one gives ground to the other and frustration is the end result for everyone. In this sense, love can never be demonstrated in the right way, and selfishness and lack of love predominate. Can you imagine God doing the same? What would be of mankind if God tried to love himself first before giving us love?

Fortunately for all, God’s way of loving is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. That way of loving is very different from the one that preaches the world, instead of seeking his own, love that exceeds all knowledge is synonymous with surrender.

To understand a little better what the love of Christ is, let’s see what the Lord himself says in John 15:13-15, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. The greatest demonstration of Christ’s love is the cross.

We are called to love in the same way. John 13:34 says, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. The only option to love is the way Christ loved us and so He orders it. God bless you.

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God’s Love to the World

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

I think that in the age in which we live is more difficult to understand the love of God as expressed in John 3:16. And it is that now everyone is looking to take advantage of relationships. Hardly anyone is able to deliver what most appreciated by love. Personal conveniences have replaced the selfless love. Rather, everyone asks what I get in return instead of providing something of him or her. But what John 3:16 is the clearest expression of the word love.

To understand the way God loved the world, we must look in Scripture itself. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we read: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. As described in this passage is God’s love to the world.

The love of God to the world is suffered. Delivery of His Son to die on a cross for the sins of the entire world is a living example of suffering for any parent. Imagine you had to give up your son or daughter to certain death just to save others. The death of the fruit of your womb you would suffer greatly. Do not you think God suffered when Jesus was crucified? And that was only for love of you and me and all mankind.

As 1 Corinthians 13 goes on to say, God’s love is kind, without envy, without boasting and without vanity. God, the Almighty, the Creator of all that exists, has loved us not boast of that great love. As owner of everything, He has nothing to envy anyone. But He does not boast of being King and Lord of all creation and has put all His great goodness for the benefit of us all.

God’s love for the world does not behave rudely or is seeking its own. Everything God has done has been for the sole purpose of seeking our welfare, not His. He may have wanted to punish our wickedness, but preferred to give us a chance to be forgiven by sending His Son to take the punishment we deserved. God so loved the world that He sought first our own thing before seeking His.

God’s love for the world and is not irritated or resentful. Mankind, from Adam until now, has been offending God with sin. And He, rather than irritated or guard grudge for all our sins, sent His Son to die for them. God could bear a grudge against every sinner being on Earth. However, His response to change has been giving us the opportunity of being struck by His mercy through repentance for all our sins.

The love of God for the whole world suffers, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. God suffers every time we sin against Him, but He believes in us more than ourselves. Therefore, He waits patiently for repentance. Even God every day supports our rejection of His Word and the atoning sacrifice of His Son. Do not you think it’s time to give back a little of His great love? Reflect on the love God has for you. Repent of your sins and accept His Son as your Lord. God bless you.

God’s love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

The word love is on the lips of everyone. But most people do not know the true meaning of love. So they call today to make love to have sex with anyone regardless of whether or not true love. It is also common to hear someone else call you “my love” sometimes without even knowing well. To understand what really love is, we must first know God because love proceeds from Him.

The best way to learn about the love of God is reading Scripture. The best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16 tells us: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The ability to love of God has no limits. Giving His own Son to pay for the guilt of all humanity is the greatest display of His love.

God has given His love although we did not deserve it. Romans 5:8 says: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The sinner is offending God and there is not a single human being that can say he has not sinned. Therefore, the death of Jesus Christ was to replace every man and woman born on Earth. No one can feel innocent of the blood of Christ, which was shed to pay the price for our salvation.

And through Jesus Christ, God gives us the opportunity to be part of His family. 1 John 3:1 says: Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. And John 1:12 says: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. The greatness of the love of God is revealed to adopt us as His children only by believing and receiving His Son.

And as His children, God teaches us His love for each of us and pours into our hearts. Romans 5:5 says: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. The Spirit of God dwells in each of His children. That gives us the capacity to love in the same way that God loves unconditionally, in complete surrender.

1 John 4:8 says: He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. If we are children of God, we must know our Father. That should make us capable of loving in the same way He teaches us to love. Follow His example and love as He loves us. If you want to know how is the kind of love that God expects, follow the instructions in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God bless you.

Best Demonstration of God’s Love

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4: 9-10

Much has been written about love. Literature and cinema are full of stories of unselfish love, from Romeo and Juliet to the fictional characters of Jack and Rose in the film Titanic directed by James Cameron in 1997. However, none of those beautiful love stories can be compared with the story of God’s love for us.

My native country has given excellent composers. Currently, no doubt Juan Luis Guerra is the most well known internationally for the quality of his musical work. However, the best song of all time written by a Dominican is definitely “For Love” of Rafael Solano, which premiered in November 1968. Many famous singers, including Placido Domingo, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Vicky Carr, Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada have recorded this song, which has also been translated into several languages.

There are several verses of this popular song about love of God. The first one says, “For love have been created men on the face of the Earth.” Another part of the song says: “For love was once to Calvary with a cross slope him who also for love gave his whole soul.” Regarding this, John 3:16 tells us: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God’s love is unconditional and its main feature is giving up. There is no greater love than this, as Jesus Himself told His disciples in John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. If we were impressed when we saw on the screen as Jack sacrifice his life to save Rose in Titanic, this gesture is nothing compared to what made Jesus Christ the Son of God on the cross of Calvary for you and for me.

Some will say that loves God that he or she strives to be a good person and fulfill what he or she thinks is the will of our Father in heaven. However, our own sinful nature leads us constantly to fail the God who we claim to love. Every sin is a betrayal of loved God, whom we are being unfaithful with our actions. So no one can feel secure that loves God when our spiritual adultery says otherwise.

Surely God loves us, so that He has sacrificed His Son for each of us. Jesus was delivered to suffer the worst death to give us a chance to be forgiven for all our sins and all that was for His great love. All we can do to please the outpouring of love is to repent of our sins and make Jesus our Lord. God bless you.