The Depths of God’s Love

June 19, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

May [you] be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and  length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. (Ephesians 3:18-19a)

Whatever is happening in the world, we are no longer in shallow waters. Now we will learn about what it feels like to be in the swirling waters of the world as it writhes in its agonies, and also to learn what it is to know the “deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free, rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me.” (1)

The love God has poured out to ransom us cannot be measured. It stands forever. We who are “in Christ” are found to be in an ocean of His love. God’s love toward us is constant, not able to be overturned or swept away. His love sustains us, no matter what befalls or assails us in the world. We are going to have to know this deep in our bones. A characteristic of the end of the age is that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). Human love may lose its heat, it may be quenched, but divine love cannot be.

If we remain abiding in the love of God, we will have more than enough love, and it will inflame our hearts and burn brightly so that others can be warmed by it. The many waters of adversity, betrayal, loss, or pain need not result in our love being quenched if the source of our love is God. Human love will fail, but  the agape love of God is resilient and cannot be exhausted.

You may ask, “How do I gain this kind of love?” It is, dear friend, a gift. God’s love surrounds us like a shield (Ps. 5:12), but it also indwells, by His Spirit, all who belong to Him. 

God Himself is love. It is important that we become comfortable relaxing in the ocean of His love as the world darkens. Just as the waters of adversity may sweep over us, so can the depths of God’s love. This is not a nice theory or a pleasant fairy tale but the reality we can actually live from and put our weight into. Just as water buoys us up, so the love of God will uphold us in life’s darkest hours. 

Give yourself to the love of God, fall back into it in a trust fall, so that you may actually feel what it means to be held by it. The sweeping torrents of life can take us out of our own control, but they can never sweep us away from the torrential floodwaters of God’s love. 

Maranatha.

(1) S. Trevor Francis, “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!”, 1875

Rose-Marie Slosek loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
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Women of the Word is a non-profit ministry conducting Christian women’s conferencetrips to Israel and online Christian Bible studies.  “WOW” also offers bible reading plans and instruction for how to understand the Bible for beginners and those maturing in their faith. WOW serves women of all denominations, cultures and ages and is focused on teaching biblical principles and their application in daily life.

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.