What Love Is This?

John 3:16

Someone once told me that God’s love for us is beyond human understanding. That we will never be able to grasp the idea of His abounding love for us even if we lived a thousand years.

This four-letter word may sound easy to understand in the context of man’s definition of love for someone. But when I learned about what God did for us, that He sacrificed His only begotten Son who took all our iniquities and died on the cross just to save us, I started to doubt myself if I really understood what love really means for God. Who am I that Jesus had to die for me? This raised a question in my head that even until now, I still cannot comprehend. What love is this?

I was browsing through my journal and dated 4 years ago, I saw the words I wrote to God when I first discovered His unfailing love for me. I wrote,

“Lord, why do you remain faithful to me even though I’m not? Why do you remain so good to me even though I’m wicked? Why do you still love me even if I constantly hurt and reject you? Why oh, Lord? How can I ever comprehend your immeasurable love for me?”

These words brought back memories during the time I wrote this. I couldn’t stop the tears trying to imagine that moment in history where the King of kings and Lord of lords was nailed on the cross. Just like what Nabeel Qureshi said in one of his messages, “He is willing to take my sins. These are the things that I did against Him. These are the things that I did to Him, telling Him I wasn’t gonna follow Him. These are the things where I put my desire above the Creator’s desire. He is willing to take those very things because He loves me that much.

He’s up in heaven being worshipped by angels surrounded by light and love and bliss. He’s too majestic for that but God did not consider His majesty as something to grasp, something to hold on to. He did not consider His place, His status greater than His love for us.

The One who created the universe and the stars, who knows exactly how many they are in heavens and how long they’ve been there and how hot they burn. The One who knows everything and created everything as easy as thinking about it. That God knew me and created me exactly the way He made me for a reason? And He knew I would rebel against Him and He came into this dirty, filthy, sinful world?

When He came, did He come as a king? Did He come as a prince? With all kinds of riches?

No, He came and was born in a manger and grew up as a carpenter, worked with His hands, served other people, lived and became friends with fishermen, people who couldn’t even make it through school. And those people whom He poured Himself into, turned around and betrayed Him, one of them with a kiss so that He would have to go to His death.

He was willing to suffer death on the cross. They have invented the most humiliating, painful way to kill someone at exactly the moment in history where God says, ‘Yes, that death is still worth it.”

God did that? He loves us that much? What love is this? Incomprehensible.

But we know it’s true. And I can’t contain the happiness I feel inside knowing how much the Heavenly Father loves us. He loves us to the point of sacrificing His own begotten Son just to save us. We will never be deserving of this but because of His amazing grace, we were chosen.

We are all sinners and we have a corrupted body living in a corrupted world. God is holy and He cannot tolerate sin. That explains why the more we get to know about God, the more we realize how wicked we are. But God wants us to be reconciled to Him and so He gave us His own begotten Son. We were once slaves of sin but now, He set us free only by His amazing grace. We were once lost but now we’re found.

And when we decided to come back to Him, God never condemned us. He never asked us why we caused Him so much hurt and pain. Instead, He accepted us with open arms and embraced us with His love and mercy. Only by His grace and abounding forgiveness that our sins are remembered no more. And the moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we were then made into a new creation, just as He says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – Excerpt from one of Nabeel Qureshi’s sermons

We were, we are, and will never be worthy of anything from Him but He chose to save us. He chose us to be His sons and daughters. It’s only by His grace through the blood of Jesus that we were saved. Yes, only Jesus.

What love is this? A love that never fails never gives up, never runs out on us. A love that can never be measured neither by the heights of the mountains nor the depths of the sea. Yes, that’s His love.

Subtle but bolder. Soft but fiercer. Sweet but wiser. Free-spirited but more intentional. Spontaneous but more cautious. Bolder. Better. On fire.


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