How we view love may be different than what love actually is. We may restrain ourselves to love others based on their previous mistakes, but God’s love has no limits. His love gives no reason to hold back and always hopes for the best. There is a love like no other.
My year in marriage has taught me to see God’s love as a love like no other.
I had many reasons to be angry at my husband and to think bad of him. I wanted to forgive him, but in the midst of my emotions, I couldn’t.
This caused me to spend time with Jesus and ask Him to help me love my husband as He himself would love my husband. At that very moment, God gave me eyes to see my husband’s heart.
I no longer saw my husband as “not loving, caring, or trustworthy”, but saw his intention to love me. What touched me more was that in the midst of God showing me this, He reminded me that this is His love for us.
He doesn’t keep a record of wrongs nor focuses on our wrongdoings, but looks for the best in us. His love is so deep that not even the worst of the worst could escape His love. After this revelation, I was able to forgive my husband and truly love him as God loves him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
We can easily hold up past offenses as an excuse to not forgive or love, but if we want to love as God loves, there is no reason for us to hold back in extending love.
God says love is “not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs”. This means we have no excuse of being easily angered or holding back past mistakes. He says love “always trusts and hopes” which means we should always hope for the best in others and not hold their past against them.
As we experience God’s love and mercy in our own lives, we will become filled to live out the fullness of God – to love as he loves.
Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
As we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus, let us remember His love which is like no other. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
God sent Jesus to be our savior and to love us like no other. He sent Jesus to come in the flesh to die and suffer what we deserved. In 3 days Jesus rose again to become our savior so that we could be with Him for eternity. Luke 2:11 says, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Jesus was willing to…
- save us when we didn’t deserve it.
- hope for the best in us before we could ever prove ourselves.
- trust us with His assignments when there are many reasons for him not to.
- love us when we were unlovable.
His love is like no other.
God’s love knows no bounds – it is so deep and has no end. God created us in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). We are empowered to live the life of true love through Christ.
Will you receive His love and let it overflow into your life and others? Accept His love and live it out. So remember, there is a love like no other.