On a long plane ride earlier in the summer, I fell deeply in love with the song ‘As You Find Me’ by Hillsong United.
There are too many lyrics to weep over during the course of the song. But one that stands out among the lot is
‘I know I don’t deserve this kind of love, but somehow this kind of love is who You are.’
I know I will never comprehend the love God has for us because I am a human. God’s love is far beyond our mere human understanding. My brain often downgrades God’s love into human standards, and that’s just not it.
God’s love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. God’s love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
It’s a love I, we, the world doesn’t deserve. It’s one we may not understand in the midst of pain, suffering, tragedy.
Yet, we are still wrapped in this love amidst our circumstances. We can not earn it. We can not strive for it or offer things to receive it. It is there. It is free to us because someone already stood in our place. Someone already paid our debt.
We don’t deserve it. But it’s who He is. Today, yesterday, tomorrow, even when things just don’t make sense, there is hope. A hope that is not worldly. A hope that does not change, though our surroundings may.
God loves you as He finds you, no matter where that may be.
And still. Love.
- Ephesians 3:14-20
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
- Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
- Romans 5:8
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Isaiah 53:5
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
- Romans 3:23
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
- John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Luke 19:10
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
- Hebrews 13:8
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
- John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
- Romans 8:37-39
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Psalm 34:18
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
- 1 Timothy 1:15-16
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.