I read a quote today about God's love being strong and in one moment the phrase struck me as both beautiful and sorely lacking.
It is beautiful because the Lord is my strength and His strength is unbound and limitless. He is my protector who upholds me, His love washes away all my tears, it sustains me and keeps me going. Yet it is lacking because 'strong' does not begin to encompass the kind of love my Savior has for me! What kind of love would willingly give Himself for me? What kind of love would go to the grave and back? It is this kind of love that my Savior has for me: an undying, self-sacrificing, endlessly giving, fiercely protective kind of love. How paltry, in comparison, is love as described by this world? And how little is my own love given back to Him!
To love like Jesus is to love without reserve, to love without hesitation, to love through the cost. To love like Christ is a costly kind of love because it requires all of me, not just a part of me when it is convenient. It requires everything even when it is the most difficult - for that is how Christ loves. Yes, His love is strong. But it is so much more than 'strong.' It is passionate, deep, unending, unyielding, and eternal. It overcomes the strongest hatred, the bitterest grudge, and the deepest doubt experienced by the human soul.