Love without limits. Such a lofty and lovely idea, yet so difficult to grasp. The very concept of being loved to the point where another would be willing to die in my place, is quite challenging to comprehend.
I am broken, bogged down and sinful, yet He alone who is able to love completely, loves me. In fact, His love is without limits. Psalm 103:11 states “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.” The first portion, as high as the heavens are above the earth, describes an infinite space that may not be measured. An average measure of the distance from the earth to the moon is 238,857 miles. In a car, my longest road trip was from Tacoma, WA to Madison, WI. It took a few days of round-the-clock driving, and that was only 1,835 miles. That was a heck of a drive. Comparing that drop-in-the-bucket to infinite space is baffling.
Part two of the verse is telling me that the overwhelming, limitless distance is a parallel for the depth of God’s love for me. He loves me so much, that He not only will meet me in my broken ugliness, but He sent His only Son to die in my place, as my horrid humanity deserves death. This limitless love is available to all who fear Him.
Fear is not simple to be terrified or afraid, rather it is an acute awareness of God’s divinity and all that He embodies. His greatness, power, holiness, majesty, grace and authority are without limit and meant to be revered. The very attributes of God are available as I walk with Him. God is not to be taken lightly or set aside for a rainy day. He is not a tool to take out of the toolbox when trouble comes. Rather, He is One to be worshipped, loved, and listened to continually, as He provides for my every need. As I draw near to Him, He is forever found. My small and insignificant steps are matched with leaps and bounds of a loving Lord.
The closest parallel that I can find is the love I have for my children. From the moment I was made aware of their existence, I have loved my boys with all that I am. I would sacrifice all that I have, even my very life, to keep them safe and secure. My love for them is not limited by their behavior, rather it is simply because they are mine. I, in my broken humanity, am not capable of loving with even a glimmer of the glorious love given by God, yet it is the closest comparison I can comprehend as I grapple to grasp the goodness of God. His love for me is without flaw, and I am forgiven the moment I make the request. Not only does He forgive, but He does not bring it back up again.
My charge is to seek Him and fear Him with my whole heart, and He in return, lavishes me with His perfect and limitless love. I want to love without limits, just as the Lord loves me.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present