What is God’s Unfathomable Love?
It’s an unshakeable, unconditional, genuine and underserving love ❤️
During our series of 2 Samuel where we have looked at the rise and the fall of David and his kingdom. We’ve looked at the most horrific stories from lies, deceit, war, murder, rape, death, consequences, adultery and so much more but we also saw Davids kindness shine throughout the book, yes he wasn’t perfect but he definitely proved to be a true man of God.
Throughout the books sharing this study with the ladies at church 2 Samuel 19:1-8 was by far one of my favourites ❤️ it’s when David showed this unfathomable love whilst he genuinely grieved for his son Absalom, even though his death should have brought victory to the kingdom because the war which he created towards David was finally over, but for David it brought grief which showed a true genuine love that is far beyond human understanding naturally we could think but how could David do that? If you know the story you will know Absalom lusted after his sister (Tamar, Davids daughter) but after being rejected he raped her, which led to their brother (Amnon Davids other son) furious and plotted to have Absalom killed But when news reached to Absalom he sent to have Amnon killed and to top it all off created a huge war against David his own father! It’s like ok wow how could David ever grieve or love his son after all of that? What a top man David must of been right? Well the truth is David would of also grieved about all those horrible things he would of been angry, furious even but what we see throughout the book of Samuel is Gods love shining through David.
In the previous chapter David says in v33 “would that I have died instead of you” showed us that David wished to have died in Absaloms place David would rather of been hung on a tree and out to death instead of Absalom which we saw that David prefigured the death of the Son of David Jesus Christ who died on the cross for his people US!
I was so struck by this whilst looking at the study because all I could think of was WOW what a man…Absalom was a wicked and deceitful man that turned against David who was his own father in so so many ways, yet David grieved! David clearly loved not just those who loved him but also those who hated him! BUT what touched me the most was the moment I realised I / We all believers have a bit of Absalom within us, we have and continue to sin yet God saved us and shows us Unfathomable Love…then all I could think was wow what a blessing and what a privilege.
Going through my notes and preparing the study the message to us stood out so clearly! We are called to love those who love us yes…but we are also called to love those who hate us and that we must never love people by our own standards. We are called to put aside self righteousness and always love one another unconditionally no matter what, just as God loves us no matter what 🙏🏻
What a beautiful message, what a beautiful encouragement and what a beautiful reminder of Gods unfathomable love. But how can we apply this and put it into action?
When others may offend us or hurt us or let us down, we put our lives on the line by sacrificing our Pride, Arrogance, Anger, Upset, Emotions, Opinions and judgment and instead shower others with LOVE , remembering that even with your list of flaws of others, God loves them just as much as he loves you.❤️
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8
So we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16