Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know
“We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
1 John 4:19-21 (NIV UK)
Anyone who grew up in the 1960’s knows these of two singers—Simon and Garfunkel!
Over a five-year period, they recorded a string of hits that defined a generation. They changed the music industry and many of their songs are still being played on oldies stations around the world. Just the other day, I turned on the radio and there they were, singing about “Mrs. Robinson.” I’ve probably heard that song a hundred times, but as I listened to it again, it was as if I was hearing it with fresh ears.
The chorus goes like this: “And here’s to you Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know.”
It’s such a simple statement, but at its core I think there’s a truth that we can sometimes forget. As children, we’re told that Jesus loves us. And we accept that. But as we grow older and we become more and more aware of our fallen nature, we start to forget that. Instead, we fall prey to the lie that there is a point at which our sin will make God stop loving us.
From our perspective, that idea makes a lot of sense. We all have limits. There are lines that we draw in our relationships—“If you do this, it’ll be the end of us.” We set our relationships in contractual or conditional arrangements. But in our covenantal relationship with God, there is nothing that we can do to make him stop loving us. This is because the truth of the matter is that God’s nature is Love.
That’s why I think Simon and Garfunkel’s song resonates so much with me. It highlights the truth that God’s love for us is so much greater than anything we could ever imagine. He loved us so much that he sent his Son to bring us back into relationship with him and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, seeks to transform us into those who share the character of Christ.
So the next time you’re listening to ‘Mrs. Robinson’, remember, our Triune God really does love us more than we will ever know.
Loving Father, we can scarcely comprehend your love for us because it is a divine love and we are human, physical. Yet you have shown us how to approach your love by living love to our brothers and sisters. Not just our fellow church members, but to all. Help us to let our light shine. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.