I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Because of His unmeasurable love and mercy, God looked down on mankind and had compassion. With widespread and bountiful grace, He not only provided a way for us to come to Him, but also promised to be with us always and to give us strength and grace for every need.
Sometimes it may seem we are left on our own, especially when hard things happen to us or to those we love. It might be difficult to trust God during those times, because we are looking at our circumstances, feeling lost and alone.
Until you go through something yourself, it’s hard to imagine how in the world you will face it. When I have had hard things to deal with through the years, God has been so faithful to meet me at every turn.
GOD’S LOVE AND PEACE THROUGH MISCARRIAGE
I remember feeling devastated when my third pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 12 weeks. Following the miscarriage, I had to go to the hospital for surgery. Lying there in the hospital just before being put under, I felt so alone — but I remembered that God was with me, and as I prayed, I had peace, just as Scripture tells us:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and pleading, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
GOD’S UNMEASURABLE LOVE GOES DEEPER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE
The hardest thing I’ve had to face was the death of my oldest son in 2019 at age 29. He suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and Congestive Heart Failure. Additional family members also suffer from Muscular Dystrophy, and still others deal with various chronic illnesses.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39 NASB)
HE GIVETH MORE GRACE
(by Annie Johnson Flint)
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
RESPONDING TO GOD’S UNMEASURABLE LOVE
I want to encourage each one of us to respond to God’s unmeasurable love and grace. Know that He will be true to His word. He will lavish His grace upon us, enabling us to move ahead and follow where He leads.
Will you join me in prayer?
My heart is full when I think of the great love you have for me, and I long for all to know your wonderful mercy, grace, love and forgiveness. I pray that you would give us strength, by Your Spirit within us.
Please fill us with Your unmeasurable love and the peace that is beyond understanding. Let Your light shine through us, drawing others in, so they will also know Your perfect love.
Thank You, Father, that You are always with us and will never leave.
In the precious name of Jesus, I pray,
Questions For Reflection
1. Have you experienced God’s unmeasurable love and grace? Take a minute to thank Him for His love.
2. Reread Ephesians 3:16-19 in one or more translations and meditate on it. As you meditate, can you pray through it, making it personal?
3. What are some ways you can respond to God’s unmeasurable love?
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Gayl is a writer, poet, amateur photographer, artist, nature lover, crocheter, and seeker of truth and beauty. Besides having 7 kids and 14 grandkids (Some have chronic illnesses and one son is with Jesus), she and her husband Steve also hosted foreign exchange students. Gayl was a church pianist for years and homeschooled her children. She has published poems at Spillwords Press and an article in the book, Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Her desire in life is to glorify God and encourage others. Check out her blog, Words, Photos and Art.
You Are So Loved
Do you love yourself like God loves you? Do you live like you’re valuable? Do you live like you’re set free?