“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8 NKJV).
I think it’s safe to say that holiness (meaning otherness) ranks highest in the multiple attributes of God. He lives distinctly, separate, and set apart from all creation. After witnessing the sacredness of God, the prophet Isaiah was undone and called down woes upon himself (Isaiah 6) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8 NKJV). Along that line, attempts at describing God’s supernatural love cramps our finite minds. We give it our best shot, but ultimately, come up short. By chance, an eleventh-century Jewish poet Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, may shed additional light in understanding the limitlessness of God’s love:
“Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade. To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.”
F. H. Lehman, musician and songwriter, wrote two additional stanzas to Nehorai’s poem. He added music to the lyrics and named it, ‘The Love of God’. It’s almost impossible to comprehend Someone loving us with a perfect love. Personally, I’m swept away by this truth and captured by His awesome devoutness. Undeserving, I feel blessed beyond measure. ‘The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell, it goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell.‘ Were you there with me in that lowest hell? Perhaps not, but if you’re searching for extra insight on supernatural love, move closer to the cross and listen to Jesus, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10 NKJV).
Oh, Abba Father, You are the perfect Lover of our souls. May we embrace the pure bliss that brother Spurgeon experienced years ago: “It’s when we taste Thy love, our joys divinely grow, unspeakable like those above and heaven begins below.”~~~C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892