Did you hear about the pack of ham that was labelled as containing 110% pork?
It’s quite funny, but according to Aldi, who were selling the ham, the % sign should have said grams next to it.
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To have 110% of pork in a pack of ham would be pretty miraculous but to have 110g of pork in 400g of ham (around 25%) is much less impressive.
The Bible talks about God’s unfailing and never ending love and so you could describe God’s love as being more than 110%, yes I know that is pretty miraculous! It’s an incredible feeling to know that we are loved unconditionally and that God’s love and grace means that he accepts us and welcomes us into his family.
If God’s love is more than 110%, how is ours?
I find this prayer from the Bible inspiring:
‘May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.’ (1 Thessalonians 3.12-13)
If our love is at 110% (yes, that would be miraculous too) then we know that God’s love is filling and overflowing out of us.
Our love for others can feel more like it is at 25%, life is so full of stress, tiredness and problems that we don’t have the capacity to love in the way we want to. I think though that is the point, the capacity to love comes from an overflow of God’s love within us not from our own effort. We need to choose to love and make a decision to be loving but then we need to rely on God’s love because in our own strength we can never be enough.
I hope that you know that God loves you with an everlasting and never ending love. Will we let his love fill and overflow out of us?