He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all.

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us.

We are His portion,
and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If His grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets Earth like an unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way...

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us.
      ~ "How He Loves" by David Crowder*Band
I [heart] this song.

I have really had a meaningful epiphany, if you will, this week about God's love for me and my relationship to Him. (Thank you, Holy Spirit!) The latter, especially, is something that got misaligned in my mind this summer, as a result of quite a few different things. I am not going to go into the details, but can I just say that it is so important to have a right, Biblical view of God and His relationship to us. God, our Heavenly Father, loves us perfectly, completely, and constantly; He wants us to love Him . . . not because He "needs" or "desires" us, but because He wants us to stop trying to fill the God-shaped hole in ourselves with everything but God and instead have a personal relationship with Him . . . have forgiveness, purpose, identity, and hope.

Take it from me, it is possible to have a limited view of God's love and, ultimately, God himself.

Please do not put Him in a box; do not reduce Him.

He is the all-powerful, infinite Creator of heaven and earth; the all-knowing, perfectly just King of Kings; the perfectly loving, merciful Savior, who became the sacrificial lamb for us. He is God. Indescribable.

Don't try for a second to understand it. Let your finite human mind be boggled with how big and how awesome God is . . .

And, oh, how He loves us.

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