“ ‘But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord” (Jer. 9:24, NKJV).
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16). No doubt we can look around in nature, in human relationships, and in the marvels of the creation itself and get a view of God’s love, however much sin has damaged that creation as well as our ability to appreciate or even read it correctly. But at the cross, veils were torn off, and the world was given the starkest and sharpest revelation possible of that love-a love so great that it led to what Ellen G. White called
the sundering of the divine powers.–The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 924.
The sundering of the divine powers?
So great was God’s love for us that the Godhead, whose members loved each other from eternity, endured this
sundering in order to redeem us.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matt. 27:46) is the clearest and most powerful expression of that
sundering, of what it cost to save us. Here, we can again see the pain and suffering the Lord has endured because of our sin.
No wonder, then, that
we love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19, NIV). Of course, as fallen humans we only imitate that love, and even that imitation is often warped by our own selfishness and sinful desires. God’s love transcends ours; we reflect God’s love the way an oily mud puddle reflects the sky.