Epic Love

  
Remember how everything used to be “epic”?

Epic this and epic that. For a time, epic was the adjective for everything. Interestingly enough, I don’t hear the word epic at all anymore. 

Maybe it’s because I’m in Japan speaking Japanese, or maybe the word epic has simply gone out of style.  At any rate, I’m glad if it has gone out of style because the word became so entirely overused that it made  my ears hurt every time I heard it.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad but I simply got tired of people describing commonplace, very  “un-epic” things with such a meaningful adjective.

So while I’ve avoided the word for a long time now, I couldn’t help but think that epic was the most fitting word to describe the topic that’s been on my mind lately…

 

Although I’m sooo not the romantic sort, my flower filled social media feed and the courtyard at the mall that’s especially sectioned off for Valentine’s Day gifts are just some of the things that have thrust the topic of love into my thoughts.

While all the hype over human love, teddy bears, chocolate, and roses can be cute, there is a love that completely surpasses the Valentine’s Day hype excitement and deserves the title of absolutely epic.

This epic love is present 24/7 and 365 (or the case of this year 366) days of the year. It doesn’t end when the music stops, the roses die, and the dog eats your teddy bear.

It is bigger than failed relationships, broken promises, and energy-sapping eating disorders. It transcends emotional barriers, shame, guilt, hurts, pains, failures, and insecurities.

What love am I speaking of?

God’s.

for the Father himself loves you dearly… – John 16:27a NLT

 

Have you every really stopped to consider that God loves you dearly?

Read John 16:27 again. Read it 20 times if you need to and place the emphasis on different parts of the verse.

 

for the Father himself loves you dearly…

for the Father himself loves you dearly…

for the Father himself loves you dearly…

for the Father himself loves you dearly

 

The God of the Universe, who has always been and always will be, whose thoughts are so much higher than ours, and whose ways are unsearchable–this God loves you dearly!!!

The God who created all of nature, took time to intricately form you in your mother’s womb, and sent His Son to this world to die and show us what true love is–this God loves you dearly!!!!

Amazing.

  
God’s love is so noble and elegant. It is free of the smallest smidgen of self-centeredness. It is not demanding. Because of His love for us, God has given us everything that we need to survive and thrive. Moment after moment He gives us breath and daily supplies us with an abundance of good things.

He loves so much. In fact, God is love.

  
And God loves us. He loves you. He loves me.

His love is so rich and strong, great and tall, deep and wide.  It is a love that cleanses us from our sins, erases our guilt and shame, and gives us worth and purpose.

It is so absolutely epic that it cannot be fully comprehended by the human mind.

When Paul in the Bible spoke on this topic to the people living in Rome, it seems as if he were totally overwhelmed by the wonder of God’s love as he boldly proclaimed:

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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

This is good news!! The love of God is for us and nothing can separate us from it ever.

Although sometimes we may not always feel that God loves us, we must believe that He does because He never lies. Through the darkness and haze of our eating disorder, it may feel like we are abandoned or as if this love is just out of our grasp.

We may feel guilty for the damaging behaviors and broken relationships caused through our eating disorder. We may be so caught up in the lies of our disorder that we are convinced that we are not loveable or worthwhile.

But of course none of that is true.

In spite of what we may feel, the fact that God loves us no matter what remains a solid, undeniable fact.

Although our eating disorders may try to get in the way of (or take the place of) God’s love, the fact is, they can’t.

  
God’s love is changeless. Though we may feel wasted and worthless, disconnected from God or other people, His love remains the same.

He has always, and will always, love us.

Despite our feelings, we can embrace belief and dismiss any doubtful thoughts that may try to convince us otherwise.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [or eating disorder?]* … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37 NKJV

*the words “eating disorder” are supplied

What can I say? This verse says it all.

I’m sure you noticed the words “eating disorder” in there too. Of course those are my supplied words but the verse clearly states that there is nothing or no one that can separate us from this epic love of God.

It is through this God who is full to the brim with never-ending love for us that we can become more than conquerors over our eating disorders. It is this epic love of God that breaks every chain and sets us on the path to freedom from living under the dictatorship of ED.

Through the endless love of God, we become more than we could ever imagine.

So this Valentine’s Day,  rest in Gods love for you. Soak it up. Embrace it. Know that you are loved dearly by the God who has done and will do everything to heal your brokenness and to see you set free!

This is truly epic.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. – John 3:16-17 NKJV

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. – 1 John 4:9 NKJV

What does God love mean to you? Has the considering the love of God been helpful to you in any way during your recovery? What word do you think best describes the love of God?

-J

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Epic Love

  1. Awsamazic!

    The Lord is not slack concerning His promise…but is longsuffering to us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9

    Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25

    It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63 How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Rom 10:14, 15,17

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