Friday, September 21, 2012

God's Love

God’s Love, Endless, Certain and Victorious!
Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 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.

The expression of love for Christ through hymn writing brings overwhelming joy to the heart of man. 

George Matheson, known for writing the hymn, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” did so in the midst of great sorrow in his life. As a young man, George, was already experiencing poor eyesight which in the years to follow, would leave him totally blind. He was determined to finish his education at the age of nineteen and enrolled in the University of Glasgow where he would study Christian ministries. During this time in graduate studies, he became permanently blind by his predetermined deteriorating eyesight. To add to his saddened plight, his fiancee was unwilling to be married to a blind man and broke off their engagement returning the ring.

. . . Let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies . . .
I Chronicles 21:13

George never married because of this broken engagement–––the pain of total rejection caused his spirit to plummet into despair.  His two sisters, who loved him dearly, stood beside him learning Greek and Hebrew along with him to help with his studies for ministry. When one of the sister’s came to George with the joyous news of her plans to be married, he of course was elated for her, but was reminded of his own heartache. He consoled himself with the thoughts of God’s love for him and was reminded, God’s love is never conditional, never withdrawn, and never uncertain. Out of this difficult experience it is said, he penned this great hymn.

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”

O love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee.
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow,
May richer, fuller be.

O joy that seekest me though pain, 
I cannot close my heart to Thee.
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

Thought: The Apostle Paul wrote in the epistle to the Romans of his personal tribulations and how he suffered persecution, agony and was painfully distressed, yet, the list of experiences could not separate Paul or any believer from the love of Christ. Nothing in the path of life from beginning to end can separate us, dissociate us, or remove us from God’s love. The Bible says, We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us–––this means, we as Christians, are completely victorious! 

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:57 

We need not fear life or death, things present or things to come, because Jesus Christ loves us and has given us the victory with no conditions attached. 

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
 1 John 5:4

What security in Christ this gives to us as we claim for ourselves God’s love, His victory over sin and death and the absolute freedom to rejoice in it!

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 
Romans 8:31

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