25th December 2017

The Measure of Love 

“Who then can ever keep Christ’s love from us? When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because He doesn’t love us anymore? And if we are hungry or penniless or in danger or threatened with death, has God deserted us? No, for the scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day—we are like sheep awaiting slaughter; but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us.”
Romans 8:35-37 (TLB)

What is the measure of love? That’s an interesting question. Can you measure the love of a mother for her child? Can you measure the love of a husband for his wife and vice versa? Can you measure the love of siblings? Often without realising it, we are measuring things as we go through life. Is another couple’s marriage as strong as ours? Are their children as well behaved as ours? Is our house nicer than theirs? Do we have a better car or better holidays then them?

The Bible tells us to judge not that we be not judged, and we should strive to avoid doing so. Yet it is a human tendency to judge or measure ourselves against other people. We also tend to judge our situation by looking at those who are better off than us, rather than counting our blessings and realising many people are worse off than us.

But perhaps the most important question, in this context, is what is the measure of God’s love for us? We read in the Bible that God is love (1 John 4:7-8). We want to be sure and confident that God loves us. Humanly we can go through times when we doubt that God loves us, especially in a time of difficulty or trial. Verses 9-10, give us the answer we want. God loves us so much He sent his son, Jesus Christ to die for us.

Elsewhere it tells us that God is no respecter of persons, so we can be confident that God loves us, personally and individually, just as much as any other person. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, both fully God and fully human, was the price willingly paid by God to show us how much He loves us. So what is the measure of God’s love for us? The measure of love is when you love without measure. God’s love for us is, quite literally, unmeasurable, unconditional, unlimited and has no end. 

Prayer
God of love, help us as fragile human beings to understand that your love is without measure, unconditional, unlimited and without end, no matter what our situation or circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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