What is the measure of God's love?
"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that he, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19
When contemplating the subject of “love,” our thoughts are often drawn to Valentine’s Day, a day devoted to the expression and demonstration of one’s love for another.
To me personally, my mind is first taken back to a stable in Bethlehem and a manger, where God himself expressed his love for man by laying aside his royal diadem and taking on human flesh; to become his savior. Then from there, my mind is transported just 33 years and 7 miles away, to an “old rugged cross,” where God himself hung suspended between Heaven and Hell, as the redeemer of wayward man. Finally, to a borrowed tomb, where after three days, he walked out victorious over sin — thus, demonstrating his unconditional love in almost incomprehensible measures.
Until man comprehends just how far that God is willing to go to redeem man, man will never understand the love of God.
In the above text, Paul describes the four measures of love that God is willing to go to redeem back to himself fallen man.
First, there is the “breadth,” or width, the extent God is willing to go to separate man’s forgiven transgression from his remembrance. The Word tells us that he will “cast our sin as far as the east is from the west,” which cannot be determined where one ends and the other begins.
The “length” represents the distance or the continuance of his love; it is from “everlasting to everlasting;” it goes on and on and on, never ending. A billion, trillion, quadrillion years from today, no matter what eternal destination man chooses, God will still love him.
The “depth” is his willingness to stoop to the lowest condition to retrieve and to save man from his sin. David said, “Though I make my bed in Hell, thou art there.” Sometimes we may think of certain people as sub-human, as if they are too vile to reach, but God’s love will reach to the lowest of the low. As a matter of fact, I believe he specializes in those hard cases!
Finally the “height,” to the farthest reaches of the heavens, he extends his love toward man; man cannot go so high that God’s love cannot reach.
Years ago, God impressed me to do something, something that I kept on my desk as a reminder His love. I filled an empty two-liter Pepsi bottle to the brim with water, I then dropped a BB in and screwed the cap on tightly. He said that the bottle represented the universe, the water represented his love, and the BB represented man. He said, “No matter how or in which direction the bottle is turned; man can never get out of my love.”
The answer to the title’s question: “Unfathomable.”