I’m learning what God has always shown, has always been. Love is not finite. It doesn’t have a limited capacity.
There’s a certain freedom the world just doesn’t get. Freedom that comes when we learn love is not a thing or an emotion – it is the infinite God. Without God we see the results all around us. Yet with Him all the turmoil and evil can’t touch us. Throughout the Bible we are reminded that love covers over sin, restores brokenness, brings healing – only His love through us could do these things.
With years has come wisdom to see beyond now. And that vision helps me sigh and lift my eyes heavenward. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV)
Even if the shadows I once feared become reality, still they are not always. Always is not here. Always is a no ending. Always is love that says to our hearts ‘fear not’, ‘be still’, ‘trust’, and sometimes ‘wait’ and sometimes ‘no’.
This is the truth about always love: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1Corinthians 13:7 NIV) We can’t always – but Jesus does always. The promise of eternity nullifies the power of sickness, death, financial ruin, homelessness, divorce, poverty, and whatever our sorrow is or may be.
Ellie Holcomb sings a beautiful song: You Love Me Best. She sings of a mother’s love, a father’s love, a spouse’s love – concluding that even when those are wonderful, God loves us better. I love my children, yet still I failed them at times. I love my husband, yet still I disappoint him at times. My mother loved me dearly, yet still it wasn’t enough.
Human love will never be enough. But it is a gift from God to share in a weary place called earth. Perfect Love is best and it is ours. Trusting in Him for the here and now sets us free to love without limitations. “But as for me, I trust in You.” (Psalm 55:23b NIV)
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