3 Ways God’s Love Surpasses Our Own

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 3:16)

Far deeper than we can see, far sweeter than we can taste—God’s love is greater than any human love.

Let’s examine 3 specific ways that God’s love surpasses our own.

God’s love is enduring and faithful. Ours is temporary.

Human love always has a point of beginning—when a baby is born, when kindred spirits find each other, and when a boy meets a girl. And human love often has an end. 

We are pilgrims on this earth, and our love is fragile and fleeting at best. At any moment, tragedy may steal away the ones we love. Or sin may breach our trust and separate us from each other. 

Yet God’s love is enduring. As Paul wrote, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) 

Nothing—absolutely nothing—can estrange us from God’s love.  

God’s love is unconditional. Ours is conditional.

Human love is conditional.

If you love me, I will love you. But, if you are bad enough, I will stop loving you.

We naturally love people that are kind, friendly, generous—in short, we love the lovable. 

But God’s love is fundamentally different. He loves the respectable and the scandalous; the wealthy and the poor; the sought-after and the rejected. 

His love is not based on status, power, or beauty. It is not even based on behaviour. 

God loved you and I when we were rebels—ungrateful, irreverent, and self-satisfied. 

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Because of His unconditional love, God offers salvation to anyone who will believe on Christ. God loves everyone, but we can only experience that love through a right relationship with Him. At our church in Sydney Mines, we believe that salvation is based on Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, not our good works. 

When we accept God’s salvation by faith, we gain access to the benefits of His love. We are adopted into His family and receive all the blessings and privileges thereof. 

As God’s children, we rejoice in the truth that His love is unconditional. He will always love us the same—no matter how we may fail Him, no matter our weakness. He loves us because we are His.

God’s love is extravagant. Ours is limited.

As humans, we are limited by the extent of our pocketbook and the hours in our day. We cannot supply all that we long to pour out on the ones we love. 

But God has no such limits. Do His children need resources? He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the diamonds in a thousand mines, and the stars in a thousand galaxies. 

Nor is He limited by time. As Peter wrote, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8) God has enough time and attention to love each of us as individuals. He is never too occupied to hear and answer our prayers.

In addition, God’s strength has no limits. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28) When the road is rough and our feet are weary, God has enough strength to carry us. His strength is always sufficient.

God’s love is extravagantly generous. He does not dole out packets of freeze-dried chicken noodle soup. He doesn’t offer us week-old sandwiches or flat Coca-Cola. Instead, God spreads a lavish feast before us and invites us, “Come and dine.” (John 21:12) 

If you have never experienced God’s love for you (or you have lost sight of it), call out to Him. Ask Him to show you His love, and search the Scriptures to see it for yourself. We recommend reading the Gospel of John and the Epistle of 1 John. Join us at our church in Sydney Mines to learn more about God’s love.

God’s love is far greater than any human love, and He loves you! Rest in His tender love for you today, and trust His heart.

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Have you experienced the love of God? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am to learn more.

For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com



The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength

“God made human beings as He made His other creatures, to be happy…They are in their right element when they are happy,” said Charles Spurgeon. 

God wants us to be full of His joy. This joy is our strength, fuelling our obedience and giving us hope. Without joy, our spiritual lives will wither and starve. Knowing this, one of the enemy’s chief tactics is to steal our joy. 

How does he do this? With his trademark deceit, the enemy offers us two charmingly wrapped lies. If we believe them, he can weaken or outright steal our joy.


Hymn Stories: No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

In November of 1871, a son was born to a German baker and his wife in Lafayette, Indiana. Charles Weigle grew up in a devout Methodist home. However, he had a violent temper and often got into fights with other boys.
One night, he attended a revival meeting at his church. The Holy Spirit worked in his heart, pointing out his sin and need for Christ. He later wrote, “There seemed to be no hope for me. My sins towered up before me. Then Jesus came and quieted my fears. He paid the penalty for all my sins and guilt…When this great truth dawned upon my mind, my heart was filled with gratitude and praise. There came a great love into my heart for my Saviour.” 

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