There is often so much confusion. We have so many questions. We are human, we live in a fallen world.
Look in the Bible, you can’t even get to chapter 3 before man is in a huge mess, all because they heard a voice that questioned God’s word, “Did God really say this?”
We know the story; they believed a lie, were tempted, their eyes were opened, they suddenly ‘knew’ they were naked, then they tried to cover up their nakedness by sewing some large, itchy leaves together. Then God called, and they hid.
In no way was Adam and Eve seeking God at this point. They were busy, and probably anxious, and after they had put on the fig leaves, I think they were probably very uncomfortable and perhaps even miserable.
Yes, “outside there were conflicts,…” (2 Corinthians 7:6). We know the conflict, we live in this fallen world, Adam: “It’s the woman You gave me!”, Eve: “The devil made me do it!”
“inside there were fears,” Adam and Eve: “Let’s hide!”
“Nevertheless God” (2 Corinthians 7:6). Man wasn’t seeking God, but God was seeking man.
“How do you know?” you might ask. “And, I’m sure He was very angry,” you might be thinking.
It’s right there in God’s word. Genesis 3:9, “Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
God didn’t ask, “What are you doing?” Or, “How come you did this?” No, He simply asked, “Where are you?”
We can never take God out of the picture. Will we ever understand God’s Agape love?
God’s love passes our human knowledge. ‘God’s love is very patient…God’s love does not demand it’s own way.’ (1 Cor. 13:4). God’s love is loyal…no matter what the cost, because God’s love ‘bears all things.’ (1 Cor. 13:7).
He’s demonstrated this to us, ‘ in that while we we’re still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8).
We can’t always believe the best about someone, But God…can.
We cannot always stand our ground in defending someone, (especially after we’ve been hurt by them), But God, because He is Agape, unconditional love that is beyond our understanding, He can. Didn’t Jesus pray while He was in great agony on the cross, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.( International Children’s Bible.)
There is not one thing you or I can do to earn God’s love. He doesn’t love someone more for their ‘good works’. God IS love! This is who He is. God is Agape. His love, loves, no matter what!
“God, will we ever understand Your Agape love?”
Even if you or I don’t receive His love,
We may never fully understand His great love. But God…He doesn’t leave us orphans. Jesus said this Himself in John 14:18. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
But we need help – we get confused, we can’t always see clearly.
Jesus speaks clearly, because He loves us,
“If you love Me, you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him because it does not see Him or know Him.
But you know Him. He lives with you and He will be in you.” John 14:15-17. (International Children’s Version).
We might not understand God’s love, and we might not even know how to receive it, but Jesus tells us what it is we need to receive to begin to understand it –
we need to receive the Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul writes so passionate about all this, “So I bow in prayer before the Father. Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him. I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong in spirit. He will give you that strength through His Spirit.”(Eph. 3:14-16).
“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.”(Eph 3:17).
“And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love. I pray that you can understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is.”(Eph 3:18).
“Christ’s love is greater than any person can ever know. But I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:19).
“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of .” (Eph 3:20, all from the International children’s Bible, because sometimes we need to simply hear the truth as a child.
He knows we can’t understand, and He knows what we need. He didn’t leave us as orphans. Yes, we can understand His agape love, but only by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus speaks to you and me, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26.
So, is there hope?
There is always hope – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts,…” Romans 5:5.
“How?” You might ask. “How can the love of God be poured out in our hearts?”
“…by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5.
What if we don’t have that love and we want the love of God poured out in our hearts?
We need to cry out to the Father in the name of the the Lord Jesus Christ, each and every day –
“Father, empty me of myself and sin, fill me with You and Your love, and give me O God, the Helper, the Holy Spirit.” In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
and I think you and I will grow each and everyday in our understanding of that amazing Agape love!