I Love You This Much

As a parent, we ask our kids how much they love us and there is nothing cuter than when they stretch their arms out as far as they can and tells us, I love you this much.  If they could stretch farther, they would.

We tell people all the time that God loves you.  But, what does that really mean?  It is unimaginable or intangible to comprehend the love of an Infinite, Eternal Being that lives beyond time and space.

1 John 3:1 says, “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children—and so, in fact, we are.” (Good News Translation).

So, I try to think of something to relate God’s love for us.  The best place I have found is the universe that He created.  I love to go out on dark nights and look at all of the stars that He has created.  Stargazing just makes me feel close to The Creator.  Science tells us the observable universe, as we know it, is 13.8 billion years from one end to the other, and expanding all the time.  What that means, if we were to launch one photon of light from one end of the universe, it would take 46 billion years to get to the other end. Because even though the observable universe is 13.8 billion years across, the universe is expanding so the photon of light would actually have to travel 46 billion years to cross the universe.  We cannot imagine! In our observable universe there are 100 billion galaxies and in each of those galaxies, there are approximately 100 thousand million stars. Just think, God spoke that all into existence.

Colossians 1:16 tells us that God created everything through Him (Jesus Christ) and for Him.  So, that 13.8 billion wide observable universe was created by and through Christ.  The very same Jesus Christ that died on a Roman cross to pay a price that you could not pay.  Jesus described himself as the Good Shepherd.  He said that he would be willing to leave the 99 sheep in the flock to come and save the one that

Jesus described himself as the Good Shepherd.  He said that he would be willing to leave the 99 sheep in the flock to come and save the one that needs to be rescued.  If you are that one lost sheep that is away from the flock, call out to the Good Shepherd.  He is looking for you.  So, the next time you are feeling unloved or uncertain about God’s love for you, go ahead and ask Him, “How much do you love me?”  Christ will lovingly look at you with His stretched out 13.8 billion years and beyond nail scarred hands and arms and say, “I love you this much.”

I John 3:1- Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called the children of God (NKJV)

Father God, You are love.  Your love for me is unimaginable.  I thank You that when I am feeling unloved or that I just don’t matter in this world, You take your eternal arms of love and wrap me tight.  Remind me that I am your child and nothing will separate me from Your eternal love.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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