The Limits of Love

“For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle.”

I Corinthians 4:7 (MSG)

 

Receiving gifts.  Perhaps we are wanting someone to read our mind, to know our heart so perfectly that they will surprise us with that perfect Christmas gift!  Shopping for gifts, desiring to know how to choose the perfect gift for another, that one most desired item that will forever speak love to them!  These longings fall short within the confines of our human limitations.  Disappointment easily seeps in when we set our hearts on these.

 

Giving our best, offering our very most loving and genuine efforts, our human love can never compare with the complete unconditional and perfect love our Father has for us!

His mercies never fail.  His faithfulness is forever.  

He gives and gives without tiring.  

His compassion has depths we can never fully grasp.

“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”  Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG)

 

He knows each heart’s desires and offers to us the exact gift for which we long.

Even our own heart can deceive us into believing we have found what we need.  The job, friend, status, location, activities, belongings, house, child, partner, lifestyle, church, (yes, even our dearest, precious family and church), all of those people, places and things where we find satisfaction; even the best of these cannot be our source of perfect love and peace.

Because the truth is, these will fade.  All of these are only a part of our life; but never intended to be the sole focus, the filling part, the missing piece that completes our being.

 

The gift of Jesus is the longing for which our very deepest soul holds out, even past all of the weak attempts we make to fill this longing for ourselves.

Our soul knows why it waits.  Our soul knows why it rejects the replacement parts we attempt to make fit into this space.

Our soul knows there is only one perfect fit, one gift that will stay forever treasured within.

 

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.  Matthew 6:21 (MSG)

Give and receive the love that knows no limits.  The only the gift that lasts, to which nothing else compares, the gift of perfect love come down, Jesus Christ.

Share Him, God’s perfect gift of love.   ( Go ahead, just do it!)

Love & Belief,
Jill