For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:11-14 (NIV)
Do you know how much I love you? Can it be stated more emphatically? Could it be said more clearly? Step outside. Look up. Take a long look at the sky. As high as is the sky above the earth, so great is my love for you. I will say it again. Use the strongest telescope that has ever been made. Take another long look. As high as is the sky above the earth, so great is my love for you. Imagine what you cannot see. Imagine the size of the universe. Let your head spin with the immensity of it all. So great is my love for you. I am in awe. I am undone. I am thankful. I am grateful. I love you because you first loved me. You have drawn me to yourself. I want loving you to be the passion of my life. Help me to know you. Help me to know your love for me. Help me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Help me to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That I have done. That I am doing. That I will do.
But I am not finished yet. I have much more to say. I have demonstrated my love for you. At the highest possible cost, with the greatest possible investment, your sins have been forgiven. I sent my Son into this world to die on the cross as payment for your sins. His blood was shed for you. You have now been forgiven and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. You have been made clean in my sight. You have been adopted into my family. Nothing now separates you from living in an intimate relationship with me. You may doubt, you may say, “Am I really forgiven, have my sins really been washed away. Could I have received such a gift? Could such a present have been given to me?” To you I will say, “As far as the east is from the west, so have your sins been removed from you.” In case you are wondering. Nothing is as far as the east is from the west. The east and west never ever meet. So, live in my love. So, live in my forgiveness. Yes, I will. That will be very good. You are my child and I do love you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for your surpassingly great love for me. Your love for me is greater than the heavens are high. Thank you that your love for me has removed my sins so far from me they will not be seen again. Thank you for helping me in all my weaknesses. Amen
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