At BJU we have this really awesome thing we do called discipleship groups, which I have the opportunity to lead one of this semester. Currently we are going through the different fruits of the spirit and this week our topic of discussion was love (I will be posting my notes from this bible study once we have completed it). We started out simply going through my notes on what love is but then our discussion rabbit trailed. My group began discussing the greatness of God’s love.
Have you ever just sat and thought about God’s love for us? Have you ever contemplated the majesty of it? Have you ever considered its insensibility? God’s love is simply not logical to our human minds. This is what my friend Hannah brought up in discipleship group on Thursday. She made us begin to think about God’s love in this way. His love does not make sense to us. He gave His life for our disgusting souls. Who does that? We do not deserve that kind of love. We are flawed beings. How could a perfect God love imperfect, sin filled creatures enough to give His life for them?
I have heard an explanation for this once before which I will describe here:
We all create things at some point in time. We love what we create so much and it would hurt infinitely to destroy what we create. This is the way God sees us. He created us and loves us immensely. Now imagine that God is a potter and we are the clay He uses to mold into a vase. He molds you into a perfect vase, immaculate in all ways. But someone punches the still wet clay, causing a dent. God could throw away that clay, saying it is unusable. But He does not do this. He instead begins to mold the clay again until it is perfect once more, and not just perfect but even more beautiful than before. We are that clay. Originally perfect but marred by sin. Yet God loves us, His creation, enough to not give up on us but work to mold us once again into who He created us to be. God loves His creation so much that He will not leave it to dry into a lump of useless clay. He sacrifices to bring us back to our original glory. He loves us that much.
Human illustrations like that cannot fully describe how God’s love works however. Our logic cannot explain His love for us to the extent it needs to be explained. This does not harm our understanding however, it simply leaves us in even more awe of our Savior. His love is “reckless” as some describe and it is too amazing and wonderful to ever fully comprehend. And that just makes it even more awesome.
The point of thinking on God’s love in this way is to leave us in awe. Are you in awe of our God yet?