God’s love is amazing. God’s love is unending. God’s love is steadfast and true. He calls us to abide in His love, to dwell in it, to soak it up, to share it with others. His perfect love was shown on the cross as God allowed His Son to be our atoning sacrifice.
The cross is also the symbol of how we are to love. The vertical beam represents the love that flows back and forth between us and God. Despite our failings and stumblings, His love still always extends to us, always calls us back into relationship with Him. As we find forgiveness after forgiveness and come to know how much God loves us, our own love begins to flow out to our fellow man. This love is represented in the horizontal beam of the cross.
At times these relationships with our fellow man will challenge us. Just as we are to others, some are harder for us to love. Just as in “The Shack” the God character always said, “I am especially fond of that one,” we too are called to not only say this but to live this out.
One of the best parts of how big God’s love is is shown in our struggles to love all of our neighbors. His love is so big that we can draw and draw upon it. In those cases when we especially struggle to love one of our brothers or sisters, draw deep into the love of God. Soak in His love. Abide in His love. Steep in His love. Then go forth to love that friend in Christ.
Scripture reference: 1 John 4: 7-21