God's love in Christ

How He Loves Us

Every time I sing a song like "How He Loves" or other intimate worship songs I can't help but feel a tinge of guilt in my heart.  It seems so selfish to sing about God's love for us, when we know He has called us to be selfless.  It also seems to be an insult to those outside the family of Christ.  

However, we cannot deny the emphasis in the Scriptures on the love of God in Christ for us.  In fact, the Apostle Paul urges us "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  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 saints, 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.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:14-20).

Some of the most extraordinary moments I have had in my walk with the Lord have been when I considered His love and began to grasp it a little more.  And we never sing of the love of Christ exclusively as this love is open to all who would receive and turn from their sins and turn towards God.

Let's sing the song again, and this time, really try to do what Paul tells us to do - "be rooted and established in love ... grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ."