Impossible Love Now

There are some things impossible for God.

Before we whip out Matthew 19:26 like a six-shooter let’s clarify: It should be apparent a God who is holy cannot sin. It should also be clear a God who is logical cannot contradict Himself (though He loves a good paradox).

Let’s take it a step further in a personal direction and say: A God who is Love, cannot love you any more than he does right now.

Or

It would be impossible for God in Christ to love you anymore than He does right at this moment, regardless of where you are right at this moment.

When Paul gropes for words to describe God’s love he starts to sound like a crazy man: The apostle says we need a supernatural divine power to even begin to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesian 3:18).

We may think we’re under a drowning deluge of grace in our understanding, but we’re all really tinkering around in the kiddie pool.

All our mountaintop experiences are foothills.

Or as my Uncle Si once said, “That’s just the icing on the tip of the iceberg!”

This great love is not just for back then when Christ died, or in the future heavenly realm where we’ll live with Him forever, it for the blessed now. He’s applying all those eternal benefits of the gospel to the ever-present now.

A love without condition. Poured out in the present. Greater than our present sin, insecurities, doubts, stumblings and weaknesses. Greater than our ability to comprehend it.

Yes, the Son took away the wrath we deserved, and gave a grace we don’t deserve (2 Cor 5:21). And part of the grace package gifted to us is the ridiculous love the Father loves the precious Son with. It’s lavished on unworthy rebels, sickly kids, prideful hypocrites (1 John 3:1).

Behold this love!

It’s not just a pithy tagline to print on a Christian T-shirt.

It’s a diamond to behold, with every turn and angle revealing another resplendent excellency.

I have a unique love commitment towards my two sons, Josiah and Gideon. We have a deep physical/emotional attachment and bond that penetrates at the soul level. Through the family of God I can love you, but I can’t love you in the exact same way I love my sons. I’m limited in my fatherly affection.

Man’s limitations shouldn’t be projected on God.

The way the Father loves Jesus is the way the Father loves us. If we’re “in Christ” it can be no other way. The affection a tender Father’s heart has toward His only child is mind-boggling. And now in Christ, He has treated us as if we are all His only child.

Like Paul, we can only appeal to hyperbolic language that reaches and grasps at a surface deeper than the Pacific.

That kind of talk gives my brain a crippling charlie horse. Yet it makes my heart flame freedom and life.

It can’t be gripped and digested enough:

God totally approves of you.

God fully accepts you.

God Has sovereignly chosen you.

In Christ: It is impossible for God to love you anymore than He does right now. There is nothing, for all eternity, you could ever do to change that.

Take that, and let it ruin and heal you simultaneously. The first few timid steps into this foothill and kiddie pool will sustain you forevermore.

Bryan Daniels

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Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

4 thoughts on “Impossible Love Now”

  1. One would think these basic truths to be self-evident. Apparently, love is harder for us to identify, experience, embrace, understand and propagate than anything else. A good reminder to us of something foundational but ever elusive, at least when it comes to our acceptance of it.

  2. Yes. Beautiful picture of a father’s love for his only child. His love has been poured out on me through Jesus Christ. And what should our response be? Gratitude? Thankfulness? Humility? Obedience?

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