It is love. It is with a love that we in this life cannot begin to comprehend, and one that the lost will never know.
I cannot think of a greater punishment in hell than to understand fully the love of the Father towards His creation, and then to never be able to experience it, it goes beyond what our minds consider cruel. I love my beautiful wife more than anyone on this planet, but I am incapable of showing her the fullness of that love, the sinful nature that resides within each of us blocks our capabilities of expressing ourselves completely, and it is this same nature that blocks us from understanding and fully comprehending the love that Christ has for us.
Imagine if you will a wall between us and the fullness of that love, a wall that has small pinholes and cracks in it that allow small portions to escape from one side of the wall to the other. This analogy is fitting, for in this life if we were capable of understanding and experiencing all that the Father has for us, heaven would not be worth waiting for, and so like Moses was, we are hid in the cleft of the rocks (Exo. 33:22) for our own protection. “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exo. 33:20) It is the reason that we wait, sometimes not so patiently, for that moment when we are glorified, when this old man, our own sinful nature is cast far from us forever, for at that moment we will experience what we have been desiring since we got up from our knees at the cross.
We will never comprehend it completely though I fear, not in its fullest sense, for how can the created understand a love that endures all things, that has been rejected so many times, has had the object of that love turn its back upon it to seek for solace in another place. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer. 31:3)
I am not good at love, I am too selfish, too self-centered, my frustrations get in the way, yet I know when I spend time contemplating who I was before Christ, I know that I am not that person anymore, in fact, I do not recognize the person I was from just a few short years ago, and I am going to presume that if you are indeed seeking first the kingdom of God, (Matt. 6:33) that if you truly understand that He loved us first, (1 John 4:19) that you would also have difficulty recognizing yourself if you could go back in time and see the person that you are in Christ today. Love did that, love changed you, those who follow religious organizations and their rules, those who concern themselves with the traditions of the church they attend, those that feel obligated to conform to the standards of the world do not know this love, and until they do, they will always be in bondage to something.
The love that Christ has for us, the love of the Father that is shown to us by the Holy Spirit of God sets a person free, free from all worries and doubt, free from concerns of the future, this love tells us that everything is well taken care of, we have absolutely nothing to fret about.
It is impossible to write a letter to you on a subject that not one of us really knows very much about, a subject that casts out all fear, (1 John 4:18) a subject that was and is so encompassing that God sent His Son to die for us so that we could continue in that love for eternity. It is the greatest expression of peace, it is the epitome of bliss, it is the finest and greatest expression of all that is, love is the reason we exist, and with the knowledge of that love we give praise and honor to Him who has blessed us beyond all comprehension. We are more than blessed my friends, we are loved, we are more than servants, we are heirs, we are children of the Most High, we are the brides of Christ. (Rev. 19:7-9) Rest in this love, it is the only place that you will ever know security, be at peace, for this love will never leave you or forsake you. He who has promised to love you forever is faithful and true.