L O V E – A message for May 2021

Bible Reading

1 John 4:7-21

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13

Introduction

When Adam met Eve, what I want to know was it love at first sight? Answer, I know that it was, after all they were joined at the rib. For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh. Gen. 2:24.

On the 16th of February 1993, a not so young couple of 86 got married in Little Bealings Church. They met and fell in love in the Grove Residential Home, their names where Gavin and Muriel both same age.
My dear late mother-in-law described falling in love, “Love is a feeling, a very funny feeling. A feeling you never felt before. It is a feeling that you feel that you always want to feel, it is a feeling that you feel for ever more.”

Paul Cedar in his book, “Becoming a lover” says, “Love is that tackle in your heart which you cannot scratch,”
Love is the giving of oneself, of surrendering of oneself completely of dying to oneself.

The Promise of Love

In Jeremiah 31:3 we read, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” again the prophet Isaiah could write, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Is. 43:2) and again, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Is. 49:15). When the children of Israel were going through the hardships of the wilderness, the hardships of living under Roman rule and the same applied to the Believers in the early Church. When the apostles were chained up in prison, or in the arena, they each had the assurance that foundation of time itself of God’s Love. In the first two chapters of Genesis, you can see and feel the Love of God in His provision of food, companionship, even when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him, God provided garments for them both, The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Gen. 3:21).

T. T. Crabtree could write, “We urgently need this message of God’s undying, eternal love today when there is so much hatred abroad and when there are so many things that would discourage us from living by the principle of love.

What kept the Hebrew’s walking through the wilderness and what kept the disciples following the Lord and our brothers and sisters who suffer persecution is that they rested and rest in the assurance of a Heavenly Father’s Love. “This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1John 4:10). Paul writes to the church at Ephesus when he was imprisoning in Rome, “May we have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph.3:18-19). Even inside the belly of a fish in the depth of the sea, God heard the cry of His servant Jonah and delivered him, “In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.” (Jonah 2:2).

Surely God proved His Love for us when He sent Son to the cross taking my sins and yours and paying the price of them. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23).

The assurance of God’s eternal, unchanging love can sustain us in times of difficulty or tragedy. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Our Father up in Heaven, long, long years ago, looked down in His great mercy upon the earth below, and saw that folk were lonely and lost in deep despair. And so He said, “I’ll send My Son to walk among them there. So they can hear Him speaking and feel His nearness too and see the many miracles that faith alone can do.”