Can You Grasp The Love Of God?

Can you grasp the love of God? I can’t more often than I can. I mess up over and over. His love for me never changes. How can that be? I often wonder what kind of God does it take to love me despite all my scars and sins. Then, I watch a video on YouTube that brings me to tears, like Thou Oh Lord by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and I melt into awe and wonder. Then I feel God’s love for me. I feel Him touch my heart. I hear Him tell me He loves me. I see His hand on my life. I watch Him bless me. And I am humbled and blessed. Every single time I get in a tough spot (we have lots of those right now) He handles things for us and I am in awe of His ability to turn my bungles into blessings. He turns my sorrow into sunshine. He makes things okay again. As I ponder the things that happen, and I remember His promises, the verses in His word about what He has promised, I begin to get a grasp of how deep and how wide and how awesome His love for me is. It isn’t a firm grasp, because I don’t trust enough. It’s a slight grasp. It’s a beginning. It’s an inkling of what His love for me is. Can I grasp it totally and consistently? No. I can only grasp it on rare occasions. When I’m obedient. When I’m listening to His voice and not my own or the clamor of other voices around me. When I desire what He wants for me rather than what I want for myself. Those times are rare, but they are precious to me. I remember them. I savor them. I delight in them. I am in His grasp, whether I grasp His love for me or not. A good friend ends all his emails with these words, “In His grip.” I’d love to sign all my emails, “In His grasp”. Maybe one day I’ll be able to grasp what that really means.


About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Can You Grasp The Love Of God?

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Amen, thank you.

  2. I know exactly what you are saying here. I relate well. There are times, especially in my early morning set-apart time, when I am ‘alone’ with God that I actually feel His arms around me and I feel overwhelmed by His love. Sadly, there are times when I tend to patter along without too much thought at all, and ‘forget’ that He is there with me, wanting to guide me and undertake for me.

    I know He has His hand on me and will never let me go, but I long for the day when I will be just as consistent and love Him wholeheartedly, with no distractions.

    We are one day closer!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    When we grasp His love completely we touch heaven even here on earth… and it is wonderful. when we let go and let His Spirit wind take us to places we could never go on our own. O for faith to trust Him more. It is blissful.

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