The popular culture and entertainment of today tries to promote a kind of love that is conditional and temporary at best. This kind of love has boundaries and sets limits. It teaches us that love sweeps us off our feet and contains unrealistic images that are pure fantasy.
These images of a love that overwhelms us, portray things that are meant to bring instant gratification; but in the end it leaves us unfulfilled. Love doesn’t just happen, it takes action on the part of the people who love. Love has to be cultivated and nurtured. In Psychology Today Ellen McGrath said about the Power of love:
“Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It’s not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk.” Love is indeed powerful and has a healing power that comes with it.
There is a love most of the world chooses to ignore and that’s God’s love. It’s a kind of love that is unconditional; a love that compelled him to reach out to mankind despite the blackness of sin in our hearts. When we were mired in sin he loved us unconditionally, that is his love comes without limits and has no boundaries.
God loved us so much that even before the creation of the world he made a plan to release us from the burdens that weigh us down. Because of his mercy and grace he made a way for us to be free from sin and death, that’s how much he loves us.
His love knows no boundaries or limits, nothing can separate us from his love. Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Some reading this might ask, just how great is God’s love for us? He loved us so much that he made a decision to love us no matter how many times we have sinned against him. Before he created man he determined who we were.
Ephesians 1:4 says, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” God‘s love is indeed amazing. In his hymn The Love of God, Frederick M. Lehman wrote: “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, and even to the lowest hell.”
The dictionary defines the word chose as to pick by preference, to prefer or decide, to want; desire: to be inclined. Some synonyms for chose are, accept, adopt, appoint, elect, embrace, favor, single out and select. Let that sink into your mind for a minute. God loves us so much that despite knowing mankind was going to fall into sin, he made the decision to love us.
The love of God transcends time, the love of God transcends anything the mind can understand or fathom. It transcends the darkest of nights, it transcends the storms that life brings our way. When mankind was at our worst, trapped in sin and death, God still loved us.
It’s because of God’s love for us that he sent his very best, Jesus Christ, to redeem us back to himself. John 3:16 shows us the great love wherewith he loved us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
There isn’t any place we can run to, or hide from the love God has for us. Psalm 139:7-10 says: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”
Real, honest and true love knows no limits nor does it have any boundaries. True love covers a multitude of transgressions. 1 Peter 4:8 says: “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” The Greek for cover in this verse is kalyptō (kä-loop-toe), it means: “to hide, veil; to hinder the knowledge of a thing.”
The following is what Matthew Henry has to say about 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves. Here is a noble rule in Christianity. Christians ought to love one another, which implies an affection to a person, a desire for their welfare, and a hearty endeavor to promote it.
This affection must not be cold, but fervent. It must be a love that is sincere, strong and lasting. This sort of earnest affection is recommended above all things, which shows the importance of love.”
Colossians 3:14 says: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Love is greater than faith or hope according to 1 Corinthians 13:13 which says: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Matthew Henry continues with: “One excellent effect of love is that it will cover a multitude of sins. There ought to be in all Christians a more fervent charity towards one another than towards other men: Have charity among yourselves. He does not say for pagans, for idolaters, or for apostates, but among yourselves.”
Hebrews 13:1 says: “Let brotherly love continue.” Romans 12:9-10 says: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”
Being a part of the Christian family, in Christ, we need to have affection toward one another. As such we must not bear malice toward one another, we need to fervently love one another as it says in 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves.”
Pure and true love knows no boundaries. As Christians we are to love one another, and this love covers a multitude of errors and mistakes. Love moves us to forgive offenses committed against us by other Christians. Love conceals and covers the sins of others just like God has covered, concealed, and forgiven our sins. Psalm 103:12: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
True love is an unconditional kind of love (the God kind of love) that binds up wounds and helps promote healing to the brokenhearted. Psalm 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” James 5:16 says: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Love repairs and builds, love casts out fear, without love we are nothing and have nothing. Love is a word that can only be properly defined in terms of action, attitude, behavior and patience. It’s not easy to love someone unconditionally, especially when they have wronged us. However, it’s not impossible to love them the way God loves us.
Loving someone who has hurt us is only possible once we realize how much God loves us. It is because of God’s love that people can forgive and love others who have deeply broken their hearts. This is what it means to have a love that knows no boundaries or limits.
When you can love someone unconditionally is when you’ve found a love that knows no boundaries or limits; this is what it truly means to love someone.