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Do You Think You can Overlove God?

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Have you ever thought about the incredible privilege granted to us to love God? More than that, how often do you reflect on the depths of God’s love for you? Today we continue our meditations on Richard Baxter’s incredible book on heaven, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest, and reflect on the reality of being loved by Love himself.

“What a great favor it is that God will give us leave to love him, that he will graciously allow himself to be embraced by such arms that have embraced lust and sin before him. But this is not all! He returns love for love, no, a thousand times more. As perfect as we will be, we cannot reach his measure of love. Christian, you will then be brimful of love, and though you love him as much as you can, you will be ten thousand times more beloved. Do you think you can overlove him? Can you love more than Love itself? The arms of the Son of God were laid wide open on the cross, and a passage was made to his heart by the spear, and will his arms and heart not be open to you in glory? Did he begin to love before you loved him (1 John 4:10, 19), and will he not continue now? Did he not love you while you were an enemy and a sinner (Rom. 5:6, 8), while you even loathed yourself? Will he not now immeasurably love you as a son, as a perfect saint, and as one who now returns pure love for his love?

Here is the saints’ enjoyment and possession of God! It consists in these sweet, mutual, constant actions of love. To love and be beloved: this is our refuge in the everlasting arms (Deut. 33:27). His left hand is under our heads, and with this right hand he embraces us (Song 2:6). Reader, stop and think for a moment what a state this will be. Is it a small thing in your eyes to be beloved of God, to be the son, the spouse, the love, and the delight of the King of glory? Christian, believe this, and think on it: You will be eternally embraced in the arms of that love that is from everlasting to everlasting, of that love that brought the Son of God’s love from heaven to earth, from earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory. This is the same love that was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spit upon, crucified, and pierced. This is the love that fasted, prayed, taught, healed, wept, sweated, bled, and died. This is the love that will eternally embrace you. Oh, the blessed meeting when perfect created love and most perfect uncreated love meet together!” (38-39).

 

1 Comment

Incredible tangible insight to the POWER OF OUR SAVIORS LOVE.
Very encouraging and brought me great Shalom!

Grateful heart

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