“From God’s other known attributes we may learn much about his love. We can know, for instance, that because God is self-existent, his love had no beginning; because he is eternal, his love can have no end; because he is infinite, it has no limit; because he is holy, it is the quintessence of all spotless purity; because he is immense, his love is an incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed.”
“On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for him. Nobody can always have devout feelings; and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian love, either toward God or toward man, is an affair of the will. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.”
“But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency, that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there. It sees a transcendent glory and an ineffable sweetness in him; it sees that till now it has been pursuing shadows, but that now it has found the substance; that before it had been seeking happiness in the stream, but that now it has found the ocean. The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural cravings of the soul, and is sufficient to fill the capacity. It is an infinite excellency, such an one as the mind desires, in which it can find no bounds; and the more the mind is used to it, the more excellent it appears. Every new discovery makes this beauty appear more ravishing, and the mind sees no end; here is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper, and never come to the bottom. The soul is exceedingly ravished when it first looks on this beauty, and it is never weary of it. The mind never has any satiety, but Christ’s excellency is always fresh and new, and tends as much to delight, after it has been seen a thousand or ten thousand years, as when it was seen the first moment.”
Here are some thoughts that I wrote to a friend last Fall as I was reflecting on the richness of Christ’s love. May you be blessed by the things He laid upon my heart…
“The Love of Christ”:
The breadth of Christ’s love is demonstrated in His desire to cover a multitude of sins. His blood has sufficiently removed our sin from us as far as the East is from the West. His love is a pardoning, yet perfect love. The length of Christ’s love is demonstrated in His decision to love us before the foundation of the world. His love is an everlasting love that has neither beginning nor end. His love is a predetermined, yet personal love. The depth of Christ’s love is demonstrated in His descent from the glories of heaven in order to bear the humility of the Cross. His death for us was the greatest act of unchanging, sacrificial love. His love is a patient, yet passionate love. The height of Christ’s love is demonstrated in His determination to lead us to glory that we might enjoy it with Him. His love compels Him to prepare an exalted place for His pure and perfect Bride; that she may ever be at His side. His love is a purifying, and altogether persevering and perfect love. While such faithful love is beyond our understanding, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. By His death He pursued us and by His life He will preserve us. By leaping into the sea of God’s wrath, He rescued us so that we may forever love our Faithful One who first loved us.
See also Octavius Winslow’s “The Infinite Ocean of Christ’s Love”