Abounding love

We think we know, but we’re blind
to His Abounding Love.
Then He took hold,
to heal us.

 

When God said, “Let there be light,” He gave of Himself. For He is light.

When God’s breath became the spirit of Man, He gave of Himself. For He is spirit.

When God came walking in the cool of the day, to share Himself with Man, He gave of Himself. For He is love. 

He is love, and every action He does is infused with love.

He is love, and his love abounds. His love flows freely, like a river whose source begins at His throne, and flows freely in all directions.

Just look at the smallest flower, and you can hear the echo of His love resounding still in His good creation. 

No man knows the breadth and length and height and depth of love of God. For God abounds in love. For God is infinite; and God is love.

And yet

Yet, despite God giving all that He is, we live in a crooked a twisted generation that knows very little of this abounding love.

We live in a generation who lie and cheat. We live in a generation who rob and steal. We live in a generation for whom violence is a way of life.

We live among a generation that do not know God. We live in a generation that don’t care about knowing God. We live in a generation who are hostile towards God.

For our generation does not know God, nor can it know God, for Man’s capacity to know God has been damaged.

Man has become like an old drunk who can no longer remember those who love Him. Man has become like a person with a memory problem, no longer remembering the God who created Him. Man has become small and bitter, twisted in a rage of His own making; angry at a slight He no longer remembers; knowing nothing but the hatred that imprisons Him.

How did it get like this?

How did we get here? How did we arrive in this position? How did we come from a God who bent down to form us from the clay of the ground, and infused His light, His life, His love into us? How did we become a crooked and twisted generation whose love runs cold?

How does God respond?

What does abounding love do when it is confronted with apathy, carelessness or hate? What does abounding love do when it is confronted with lies, hatred and murder? What does abounding love do when it is confronted with slander, violence and rebellion? What does abounding love do when it is confronted with pain, suffering and death?

What does abounding love do?

This book we hold in our hand tells us what abounding love does. It is filled with the story of what happens when the God of abounding love is faced with a crisis of world-wide proportions. It is filled with story after story, page after page, describing what happens when God’s love confronts evil. It describes what happens when Man, created in God’s image, is filled with evil.

Here’s what such a God does: He steps into Man’s reality. He walks towards Him. He sees the self-inflicted wounds. He sees the pain. He sees the mental torment. He sees. He understands. He loves. Then He says, “Come out, you unclean spirit.” And the spirit inside Man responds, “No. Away. Do not torment me! I can’t stand Your Presence!” Then He says, “Come out, you unclean spirit, depart.” And the spirit inside of the Man departs. And suddenly, the Man sees God in a new light. Suddenly, the Man’s mind is restored to Him. Suddenly, the Man recognises the God who loves Him. And God says, “Go and tell your friends how the Lord has had mercy on you” (Adapted from Mark 5:1–20).

For the love of the LORD has overflowed into mercy, and “His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).

You and I

If you and I have any form of knowledge of God, it is because God stepped off His throne, entered our reality, and worked a miracle. If you and I know God, it is because God allowed Himself to be known. If you and I know God, it is because of the action that He took.

For He has come to us, to make Himself known by us. For He is healing us from the cause of our sickness. For the sickness in Man comes from the lack of knowledge, and power, and life, and love of God.

But God has spoken. He appeared. He released us from our shackles. And He has begun a good work in us. He has begun to dispel the shadows from our heart. He has lit the light of life in the dark places, causing shadows to flee, and the light to shine out the darkness of our heart, so that we may be a beacon of light in this crooked and twisted generation.

The good work God has begun in you is to allow you to know Him fully, as you are fully known by Him (1 Corinthians 13:12). He has taken hold of you, and begun a good work in you, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of Him (Colossians 1:10a). He has taken hold of you to increase your knowledge of Him so that you will bear every good fruit (Colossians 1:10b). And He has appointed you as His partner, to make the good news of God fully known (Colossians 1:25; Philippians 1:5). God has begun this good work in you. And He will continue this good work in you until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

“Hold fast to the Word of Life” (Philippians 2:16) for He has taken hold of you.


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This message based on Philippians 1:6; 2:16.