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April 24, 2017

Boundless Love

Boundless Love blog title graphic of a man freeing up doves into the air

“Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” John 13:1 (NKJV)

“He loved them to the end.” That’s boundless love! It was a love that lasts! A love that perseveres! A love that never quits! Unlike human love that often drifts with mood and circumstance, God’s love is constant.  One of the great preachers of old, Charles Spurgeon, described the love of Jesus like this:

“He will love His people to the utmost end of their unloveliness. Their sinfulness cannot travel so far but what His love will travel beyond it; their unbelief even shall not be extended to so great a length but what His faithfulness shall still be wider and broader than their unfaithfulness… He will love His own to the end, that is, to the end of all their needs.”

Our hearts long for such a love. We try to find it from others, like the woman at the well tried to, only to return as thirsty as we were before. Spurgeon goes on to say, “He will love them to the end of their lives; so long as they live here His love shall be with them; and as there shall be no end of their existence hereafter, He will continue still the same fondness to them.”

The word translated end in the Greek frequently signifies to perfection – He loved them to perfection. Think of the perfectness of the love of Jesus Christ. All that His love can do He will do for His people. There is no good thing that you or I could do to make Jesus love us more and no bad thing we could do that would make Him love us less! No greater love is there than the love of Jesus! He loved them to the cross and back! Risen from the dead, He returned to His own to assure them of His love! The love of God for you and me is boundless! Receive His love! Experience His love for you today! Then, share it with those you love!

One of my favorite songs when I think of Jesus’ love for me is Boundless Love by Farrell & Farrell. Take a moment to reflect on His boundless love for you as you listen along here!

Boundless love
Unending joy
This is my life
It’s what I know
I can’t believe that He selected me
Jesus, my lord
It’s you I owe

He keeps me when I’m weary
He can hear me when I pray
He’s even there beside me when I fall
His love surrounds me even when I go astray
I guess I’d have to say that He’s my all

When my world falls all around me
I call upon His name
And just in time He takes me by the hand
His ways are perfect
Just like His son who bore my shame
I don’t even have to understand

Boundless love
Unending joy
This is my life
It’s what I know
I can’t believe that He selected me
Jesus, my lord
It’s you I owe
Jesus, my Lord
It’s you I know