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The Heart’s Capacity to Love

February 10, 2011 by  
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It is one of God’s mysteries how the human heart can love each individual with a different intensity. God is able to show love in each of those capacities with total fulfillment.

God loves with a divine love. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

The Word tells us He loves like a brother. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs. 18:24 b

He provides the love of a friend. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

He meets our need for parental love. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God. 1John3:1

He is there to love us as a bridegroom loves his bride. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; Ephesians 5:25

I remember the first time I heard the story of how Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of all mankind and was hated by the very ones He came to save. I was a child of six attending parochial school, and I thought, “Big deal, if God really loved us, He would have come Himself instead of sending His son. I would not have appreciated my father doing that to me, and I knew he loved me so much, he never would have even dreamed of it.”

It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I truly understood the excruciating pain the Father endured by sending His son, Jesus, to die for us. That selfless love God imparted into parents for their children, which causes them to want to take their children’s pain upon themselves if they could, and would die for them if possible, helped me to realize how much God would rather have come Himself than send His Son. In so doing, He extended His ultimate love for us, His children.

When I first became a Christian, my love for Jesus was so strong it frightened me. One Sunday, we had dignitaries visiting from headquarters of the church I was attending at the time. I felt since they had to be men of great knowledge, they would be able to tell me if my feeling for Jesus was normal, so I accosted one of them and explained my dilemma. He smiled and answered “of course it is alright to love Jesus. That is what we are supposed to do.” I said, “You don’t understand, I don’t just love Jesus, I am “in” love with Him. Is it the same thing, and is it alright?” His mouth flew open and nothing came out. You see, it would be normal to say that to your mate, but you would never say to your mother “I am “in” love with you.” That one little word “in” makes all the difference in the world. In the context of loving, the word “in” denotes intimacy, and that is what I felt for my Lord, and still do.

I have found over the years that too many people are afraid to enter into that kind of relationship with our Lord, or too afraid to admit it. God hungers for us to love Him in that manner. Without intimacy, nothing is conceived, consequently, nothing is produced. Love begets love.

His capacity to love is beyond comprehension for He is the essence of love itself. We are enveloped in it and become one with Him, reproducing love that needs to shared with others. This is the will of God.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1John 4:16

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