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“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17b-19).

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God’s love for you surpasses all knowledge, Paul writes. And yet Paul prays that we will have the power to grasp the width, length, height, and depth of that love. Through that understanding, we may be filled with the fullness of God. That is a powerful testament to how much God loves us.

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Another passage, this one written by the apostle John, explains that God’s love for us was made manifest in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. … God is love” (1 John 4:10-12, 16).

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Love is the very nature of God. His love is unmerited; He loved us while we were still sinners. He didn’t wait for us to demonstrate even a hint of love for Him—Christ poured out His love for us by pouring out His blood on the cross. The natural outpouring of God’s love in us, then, should be our love for other people. The best way to understand God’s love is to put His love into practice—by loving others unconditionally, just as He loves us. This is how His love will be made complete in us.

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At a church camp I attended as a child, we had a time of Creative Devotions where we could write or draw whatever we felt God was revealing to us. I drew a picture of me as a mirror, reflecting a bright light, which represented God. That is how I imagine God’s love is spread to the rest of the world—through us.

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If you struggle to comprehend God’s love for you, ask Him to reveal Himself to you through Scripture. The Bible is God’s love letter to the world—as well as to you, personally. We’ve also compiled some articles here from the archives of Just Between Us (JBU) to help you understand how much God loves you. We pray you’ll find some encouragement here.

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