How Big Is God’s Love?
A psalm written by the men in the Loaves and Fishes addiction treatment program.
When I was in active addiction, while I thought I knew OF GOD, I did not KNOW GOD. My sinful acts gave me momentary pleasures. But then I would feel shame and feel unclean. Instead of turning away from these sinful acts, I kept returning to them and they kept me in bondage tighter and tighter. How could God love me?
I was mad. Depressed. Out-of-control. My ego deceived me, told me how great I was. Truly I was lost. I had grown selfish, willing to take what wasn’t mine.
All of these emotions and experiences created conflict in me. When I came to Loaves and Fishes, Pastor David Bruce told me, “I’ll give you not what you want, but what you need”.
What could that mean? What did he think I needed? He introduced me to God – not the God I thought I knew. But the God who will forever love me. A love that is unconditional. A love that is steadfast, gracious, a love that is pure and perfect. Merciful. A love that has no end.
To KNOW GOD I have to do my part – to actively pray, study the Word of God and be willing for HIM to transform me (Romans 12:2).
All this time, you searched me, God, and knew me; you know my every move; you know my every action and thought before
I do it. You give me the decision to accept and love you; or to go my own way. And be lost (Psalm 139: 1-4).
The Bible says, “See how much God loves us, we are called children of God!”. (1 John 3:1). We are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). As a true believer, I will be your adopted son, an heir to the heavenly kingdom. But I have to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body trusting in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me (Galatians 2:20).
The Lord is my strength and my defense. He has become my salvation (Exodus 15: 2).
How big is God’s Love? Beyond my imagination a short time ago.