When I was in elementary school, during PE we played a lot of dodge ball. (Maybe this was an ‘80s phenomena, or perhaps it still goes on.) And it seemed like every day the same kids were the “captains,” in other words, the ones doing the choosing. And it also seemed like the same kids were always chosen last, in other words, the ones who weren’t chosen at all and simply went to whatever team was left. (I lived my life somewhere in between, in relative obscurity, and quite frankly, I was good with that!)
Maybe you were little and weren’t chosen for a team. Or maybe, you’ve been excluded in other ways…. Excluded by friends (or so-called friends). Excluded by family (or those who were supposed to be). Excluded by loved ones (who did not love to the extent that you did).
Universities will exclude you because you aren’t smart enough. Companies will exclude you because you aren’t experienced enough. Businesses will exclude you because you aren’t qualified enough. Some who wear the name of Christ will even exclude you because you aren’t good enough (as if any of us are “good” enough). But God’s love is not exclusive. No one has the market cornered.
Is there a limit to God’s love? The answer is a resounding, “NO!”
Children may refuse our love. Spouses may reject our love. Friends may abuse our love. But there is no limit to the love of God.
Did Abraham ever find a limit to God’s love? No. Moses? Absolutely not. King David never found its limit did he? How about the Apostle Paul? The Apostle Peter? Neither do we.
I pray that we might begin to comprehend “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18).
May we never limit the love of God revealed in His church. And may we never limit His love as it is poured out to us.
Glory to God!