Another thought as we go through the Lenten season, it’s about the Greatest Love!
I have ancestors who gave their lives because they loved Jesus and would not deny that He was the Son of the living God. Now I want to talk about Him and about how much He loved us.
The Bible tells us, John 3:16-17 For God SO loved the world that He gave His ONLY begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent NOT His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world, but that the world THROUGH HIM, might be saved. John 3:16-17
When I had my daughter I thought that I could never love another human as much as I loved her. I stared at her while she slept and wondered at how long her black eyelashes were, how perfect the nails on her tiny fingers and toes were. Her smile would light our whole room, a whole family of adults adoring this one small baby. I watched her grow and was happy that she was my family and then my son was born! When I was expecting him it was hard to believe that another child could be as wonderful as the first, but you know the outcome of that if you have more than one child, I loved him beyond description, my child of prophecy, here in my arms. I remember the day he was born and I knew there couldn’t have possibly been another child as beautiful as he was. A friend of mine who has four children shared with me that your heart just grows larger with each child; they all have their own piece of your heart.
That being true, think about how large God’s heart must be to include the whole world even the people or nation that does not worship Him as the true and living God, or accept Jesus as Savior of the world. How it must grieve Him when those people turn away from His love.
Today I was driving and looked up at the beautiful blue of the sky and the wispy clouds blowing across the expanse of it and my heart just swelled with the greatness of the sight. O Lord, Our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that you visit him? Psalm 8 The Psalmist was talking about the Creator of our Universe and He loves us each, separately! Yes even that person that you detest and that is a good thing because I have not always been the stellar example of love myself! Are you surprised that I would admit that to you? Well, why not? It only proves my point, He loves me just the way I am and you too whoever you may be!
An old hymn says, “Oh love of God, how rich, how pure, how measureless and strong, it shall forever more endure the saints’ and angels’ song.”
Another favorite says, “His love reaches to the highest mountain, it flows to the lowest valley, oh the blood that gives me strength from day to day, and it shall never lose its power.”
Yes His love for us was the reason he shed His blood for the remission of our sins!