We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (ESV)
God loves you with an unfailing love.
England saw a glimpse of such love in 1878. The second daughter of Queen Victoria was Princess Alice. Her young son was infected with a horrible affliction known as black diphtheria. Doctors quarantined the boy and told the mother to stay away.
But she couldn’t. One day she overheard him whisper to the nurse, “Why doesn’t my mother kiss me anymore?” The words melted her heart. She ran to her son and smothered him with kisses. Within a few days, she was buried.
What would drive a mother to do such a thing? What would lead God to so something greater? Love. Trace the greatest action of God to the greatest attribute of God– his love…
And, oh, what a love this is. It’s “too wonderful to be measured” (Ephesians 3:19 ESV). But though we cannot measure it, may I urge you to trust it? Some of you are so hungry for such love. Those who should have loved you didn’t. Those who could have loved you wouldn’t. You were left at the hospital. Left at the altar. Left with an empty bed. Left with a broken heart. Left with your question, “Does anybody love me?”
Please listen to heaven’s answer. As you ponder him on the cross, hear God assure, “I do.” -It’s Not About Me
Father God, we bring to you our broken hearts and broken dreams. But you reach out to us with the greatest love of all and assure us you will love us forever. Your kind love heals our hearts. Your sacrificial love forgives our sins. May we open our hearts to receive your great love, amen.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God
and to the steadfastness of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 3:5
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 john 4:16
Max Lucado, Live Loved, Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN.