Not only do I use extra words, but I think that love can be measured.
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able
to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's
love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths!
Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17, 18, 19(The Message)
The first measurement involves the inward dimension. What is your love doing inside of yourself? We can love with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Mark 12:30 We can also love with any amount betweern zero and a full tank on any of these inward guages. For example, we can love with full mind, a lot of soul, half-heartedly, and three-quarter strength. You get the picture.
The next measure involves an outward dimension. What is your love doing, outside your own feelings? Larry loves me enough to share his life with me, to work, to share in my problems, to hurt when I am in pain, to listen to my words that can trail on and on. :) Jesus loves us enough to die on the cross.
There is a third dimension. What is your love doing, inside of someone else? This is the most private kind of love most people experience, and the dimension that many people find difficult to talk about. This is usually the dimension that people who like to talk about love want to know about. For example, how often do I ask myself what my love is doing to the heart of God? Or, what is my love for God doing inside of you? How does it make you feel when I talk about Jesus? If you are feeling anything at all, then I have accomplished something, for this is my goal. I want you to experience my love for Jesus. I hope that by experiencing my love for Jesus, you are led to experience even more of Him for yourself.
Likewise, God stirs feelings inside of me. One Chirstmas Eve, Travis and I were driving around town looking at the christmas lights. I thought to myself, I wonder how it makes God feel to see us celebrating His birthday. My expectation in asking myself that question was that it must make Him happy. But, immediately, I realized that God was probably shedding tears because not only could He see our turkey feast, but He was seeing the homeless man under the bridge on Christmas Eve. I didn't want to feel those feelings, but there they were. I felt them because God created and stirred those feelings inside of me. Not only does God make me feel good inside and happy, but He stirs feelings of sadness for the suffering in this world. I have to be willing to share those feelings with Him and work to ease the suffering if I am to make God happy. It has nothing to do with salvation, but everything to do with a lovewalk.