The love of GOD is not heart-shaped. Since God is not a human being or a created being, His love also does not bear the same shape as human love. During valentines, we are bombarded with heart-shapes that symbolize human love. Yet, human love breaks, and it seems to fade over time.
While in lockdown, there was a global rise in domestic violence. We saw one country after the other experienced tensions. We saw race wars and witnessed first-hand how panic leads to hoarding. Yes, human beings are capable of so much good. But it wasn’t easy to see love at work.
But God’s love seems to be beyond comprehension. In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul said, “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.
If I was to give the love of God a shape, that I would shape it like the sun. The sun, moon, earth, and all the other planets have a spherical shape. When we draw the sun, we draw it in the shape of a circle. The beauty of this shape is that one cannot tell where it starts to where it ends. The circle has no corners and seems to symbolize continuity. No wonder this shape has been used to symbolize the great rhythm of the universe.
Yet to me, the circle also symbolizes the love of GOD. It’s a love that we do not know where it begins and can never comprehend its ends.
Celebrate the Love of God with me by meditating on these seven scriptures that remind us of the love of our Father.
- [Romans 5:8] But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- [Romans 8:38-39] For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. [1 John 4:9-11] This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
4. [Isaiah 54:10] Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
5. [Lamentations 3:22-23] The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
6. [Psalms 117:1-2] Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
7. [1 John 4:19] We love because God first loved us.
God’s love shines brighter than the sun. It is from Him that we learn to love others. Couples that walk in His love can trust in Him for a happy, enduring marriage. Children raised in such homes can hope. If the world was rich in love, I can’t comprehend how better it could be.
So when we say the LORD’s prayer, and we say, “May your kingdom come, may your will be done,” we are entreating God to establish His will among the nations. For God is love, and love is of God (1 John 4:7-21).
Indeed, it is when we hold on to the love of God that we even get the power to prophesy hope to those who are downhearted.
When Jesus was asked about the two greatest commandments, he said that the greatest commandment is to “Love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” “The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Jesus said that when we do this, we have fulfilled the whole law (Galatians 5:14)
But people can reject your love. A friend told me of how she sacrificed some cash to buy a uniform for a neighbors child. She could tell the family was struggling, so she decided to show them, love by surprising them with this gift. But when she took the uniform to them, the parents of the child threw her out. They did not want the gift.
This incident discouraged my friend from engaging in charity ever again!
The truth is we live in a world where we have learned to doubt each other. Individualism and self-reliance are upheld as positive qualities, whereas principles of community are discarded. Moreover, we doubt strangers, and everyone is technically bad until proven otherwise.
Yet it is for this reason that we should take hold of God’s steadfast love. We should let this love shine brightly in our hearts so that people would know that no matter how dark it is outside, there are still those who choose to walk in the love of Christ.
I never asked my friend what she did with the gift. But if it were me, I would have taken the uniform to a children’s home or the church as a donation. After that, I would have prayed for the family that threw me out and wished them well. Why? Well, because I am a Christian, that’s fully overtaken and overpowered by God’s love. It would take more than a few insults to tarnish my light in Christ.
This world needs people who hold on to God’s steadfast love and do their best to reflect such love on others.
With the strength of His Holy Spirit, we can develop this kind of love. Just ask, and He will give you this love.
May God’s love overwhelm you this week.