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Featured Scripture Passage: Ephesians 3:17-19
The following are my notes taken during my pastor's sermon titled, "God's Love is Wide."
Wide - Long - High - Deep: This is how far love goes.
It's something we can experience and believe, but we'll never fully understand. Why would God send His perfect Son to take our place, to pay our debt? How can we explain that kind of love? It spans all of time. It stretches across continents, cultures, and generations. This is strong love. This is true love. This is Christ's love.
God's Love is Wide
It's for everyone.
Wide means vast, extensive, inclusive, far-reaching, sweeping, spacious, and fully open.
. . . so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to the fullness of God - Ephesians 3:17-19
The Lord appeared to him from afar saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. - Jeremiah 31:3
But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
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Christ died for us. Personalize this verse: But God demonstrates His own love toward ME in that while "I" was still a sinner, Jesus died for ME.
*Christ's love is so wide that it is for everybody. God never made a person He doesn't love.
For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:16.God loves every single one of billions and billions.
*Christ's love is to be expressed.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you that you also love one another. - John 13:34If God's love is so vast, why is my love so small?
This is not referring to a soft love that loves sinfulness as in sinful lifestyles but a "hard love." Love them because God loves them.
*God's love is to be experienced.
Know His love for yourself. Have you experienced God's love?
God doesn't send people to Hell. People choose this destination when they reject the love of Jesus.
Will you accept Jesus' love for you? Learn more here.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice. The Earth is full of His unfailing love. - Psalm 33:5You'll find all my posts about this Bible study series here.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 36:7