i was reminded yesterday of the extravagant, perfectly huge greatness of god's love. for whatever reason, well, i know the reasons, unbelief and pride being the top two...i often clumsily manage my day to day without recognizing its magnitude. this great love:
but god, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with christ; by grace you have been saved. ephesians 2:4-5
for me the word "great" is both over-used and minimized. i say it often, but for things that may not actually be great. when i read that familiar scripture of god's great love, i saw it bigger than i've seen it before. much like every other thing about god, his love is well beyond anything i can comprehend. that is great. and that is wonderful. rather than a frustration, it's become a comfort to have much mystery and unrealized depth to the ways of our great god.
everything i need, even what i don't know i need yet, is hidden in him. i want to rest in him, he's my only hope.
we've just begun the season of lent. i'll encourage you read more about what that means right here. such an awesome resource for the season! these weeks leading up to easter are important in the life of believers. the heart of the gospel, the best news we know, christ's death and resurrection. i'm using these coming days to clear my mind and reflect on the greatness of god, his love and all he gave for me on the cross. and to begin, i visited a verse nearly everyone knows by heart. john 3:16.
i've seen a beautiful, helpful, great breakdown of that scripture, shared by james m. boice, and i'm sharing with you! perhaps this fresh look at these popular and i think under-realized words will encourage you as it did me:
GOD | the greatest lover
SO LOVED | the greatest degree
THE WORLD | the greatest company
THAT HE GAVE | the greatest act
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON | the greatest gift
THAT WHOSOEVER | the greatest opportunity
BELIEVETH | the greatest simplicity
IN HIM | the greatest attraction
SHOULD NOT PERISH | the greatest promise
BUT | the greatest difference
HAVE | the greatest certainty
EVERLASTING LIFE | the greatest possession
join me this lent season, in seeing and marinating in the great love of jesus. give praise for it. remember it. mirror it. share it.