Sunday, October 14, 2018

Christ's Love is Deep

Christ's Love is Deep

It rescues us no matter where we are.

Deep means mysterious, wise, bottomless, profound, unfathomable, immeasurable, incomprehensible, explainable

Scripture Passage:  Ephesians 3:17-19
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and 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 all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3:17-19
Our pastor told us about a place called Challenger Deep.  The Mariana Trench is a place within the Challenger Deep area which measures 6.85625 miles deep.  It is known as the deepest part of the ocean and the deepest location on Earth. 

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Try to imagine the depth of almost 7 miles down.  That is a mighty deep pit.

Do you ever feel like you are in a deep pit, a pit so deep that you can't possibly climb out - a pit so deep that you feel there is no way God can reach you.  Friend, there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me. - Psalm 139:7-10

Christ's Love is Deep
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No matter how deep we fall or how low we feel, God's love can reach us there.
He sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters. - Psalm 18:16
The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’ - Deuteronomy 33:27
Eternal God

The arms of God are under you!
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. - 1 John 4:16
Is this verse (1 John 4:16) real for you?

Believing the depth of God's love for me is key to my growing into a loving person.  Pray that God will deepen our love for others.

1.  We are deeply loved.  I am deeply loved.  YOU are deeply loved.

2.  We are to love deeply.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. - Ephesians 5:1-2
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*Follow the example of God.

There is no day that God's love for you is diminished or gone.

*Walk in love.  Love should be a lifestyle, not a feeling.  It is a commitment.

*We are to love just as Christ loved us.  How does He love us?  He loves us deeply.

How deeply does He love us?  He gave Himself up for us.  This is no wimpy love.  It is a deep love.
We know the depth of someone's love by what it costs them.  - John Piper
Jesus lived for us but He also died for us.  His love for us cost Him deeply.
We know the depth of someone's love for us by how little we deserve it. - John Piper
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
Christ's Love
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The more undeserving we are of the love we receive, the deeper the love.
We know the depth of someone's love for us by the greatness of the benefits we receive from being loved. - John Piper
For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little. - Luke 7:47
We know the depth of someone's love for us by the freedom with which they love us. - John Piper
No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father. - John 10:18
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
Chris Tomlin sings a song about the amazing love of  God.

If you have no church background, God loves you.
If you did not grow up in a Christian home, God loves you.
If you have lived a Godless life, God loves you.

When we realize the depth of our sin, we realize the depth of God's love.  There is no place for hate in the heart of the child of God.
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. - Romans 5:5
Love does not envy.  It isn't possible to be envious of someone you deeply love.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:31-32
 When we forgive deeply, we love deeply.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. - 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Enjoy another song about the deep love of God. (I chose an oldie by the Statler Brothers)

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creationwill be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:39
In your love, you kept me from the pit of destruction.  You have put all my sins behind Your back. - Isaiah 38:17
For great is Your love toward me.  You have delivered me from the depths. - Psalm 86:13
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