Friday, September 10, 2010

The Love of God

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Romans 8:35,37-39

The Love of God
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
words by 
Frederick Martin Lehman
When I think of my own life and my desperate need of love I recall in my mind the day of my salvation. My life was filled with sin and I was in fear of self-destruction and ruin. My last hope was to go to church and see if there be any possibility of escape from this path of destruction. As I entered the building, I felt strangely welcomed, almost as if they knew me, but they didn’t. 
I listened intently to the pastor of the church as he began to unfold before the congregation my life, my sin, my despair, or so it seemed. How did he know what my life was like? How could he have guessed my great despair? Who told him of my sin? All of these questions overwhelmed my mind, as I sat with my heart broken, in my sin, in need of a Savior. The invitation was given to receive Christ but I held fast to the pew, restraining the drawing of the Holy Spirit of God.
Then, an overpowering love conquered all my fears, and a hand touched my shoulder. I turned to see who was summoning me.  A voice behind me said, “Don’t leave without Christ.” Immediately, I excused myself from the middle of the pew and walked to the front of the church. I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the moment I stepped out of my place, I was saying, “Yes,” to Christ. What an outpouring of love and joy filled my heart that day as I had never in my life experienced before. 
Could this be the beginning of the greatest love affair ever to be proclaimed? What   had happened to me, that this immense love had overtaken me? Could it be that I had been visited by the True and Living God and had been set free from the bondage and oppression of sin?  Oh, yes, His great love had filled my soul and through His immense sacrifice, cleansed every sin and stain. True repentance had taken place that glorious day and this poor sinner had undoubtably been, “Born again.”

Thought: Could man ever write with proficiency the depth and magnitude of God’s great love and then bestow upon Him, His due reward? What boundless, matchless, love He has showered upon us. This love so exceptional and vast that He left the splendor of Heaven to suffer and die for us. A love so limitless He gave all, all He, Himself could give, His own life’s blood. A love so perfect and incomparable, that it has surpassed any expectation in His magnificent power, to love sinners. How could we not love Him, He, who in His great love for us, spared nothing.

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