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The Love of God

“Frederick Lehman and his daughter wrote the first two verses of this hymn and its chorus after they found their inspiration in the most unusual of places: scribbled on the walls of a room in an insane-asylum.”   Source: https://doubleedgemusic.com/love-god-frederick-lehman/

The love of God is greater, far
Than tongue or pen can never tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell

The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child, He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin

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

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure
How measureless and strong
It shall, forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song

Lately the love of God has been heavy in my thoughts.  What a glorious and wonderful expression of God’s love is given in this hymn.  Of all God’s attributes the most difficult for me to comprehend is his love for a world of sinful humans like myself.  I cannot comprehend his love but by his precious grace I readily receive it.

Why he loved us is beyond our understanding but how he loved us in Christ is revealed to us in the scripture.  The magnitude of his love is too great for our feeble and sin tainted hearts to comprehend but the benefit of his love is for all who believe to understand and enjoy forever.

Our son once had a pet dog named Alex whom he dearly loved.  Alex was a Cocker Spaniel which are usually of a good and affectionate nature.  Cockers oft times have problems with their ears sometimes reaching the point of great pain.  Alex was so afflicted.  The humane action for what was deemed an incurable condition would have been to put Alex to sleep.  However our son refused and poor Alex continued to suffer for the remainder of his dreary days.

You might ask how this in any way could be connected to the love of God.  Because it helps me to understand how love should manifest itself in our relationships.  There is an unselfish giving love and a selfish receiving love.  The question is which do I exhibit and who benefits?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  NKJV

God loves sinners such as you and me.  We know he loves sinners because the Apostle Paul so stated in Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  NKJV

While still full of sin and living for our own selfish good God still loved us.  What is there to love in us?  Some would say nothing but God so loved us that he gave.

And what did God give?  His most precious and only begotten son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  So we are allowed to understand that God’s love is a giving love.  What could God receive from us that is good?  God gave his son for our benefit and good not his own good.  God’s love was selfless and without benefit to himself.

God’s giving love is more fully understood in Paul’s description of love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13:4 – 7.
“4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  NKJV

Giving love has both a positive and negative aspect.  It does and it does not.  It is long suffering, kind, rejoices in truth, bears, believes, hopes and endures.  Giving love is not envious, not proud, not rude, does not seek its own good, not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity.

Such words convict my heart of sin and failing.  Such words, though painful to us, are a balm in our wounds to heal us and conform us to the image of Christ our Lord.  He is the balm of Gilead, he restores my soul, he is the goodness and mercy that indwells us, he is rest, he is joy, he is our mighty tower, he is freedom, he is our future, he is eternal life itself.  He is our brother and friend, our loving father that bids us come directly without fear into his presence before his throne to seek his help that our love may be a giving love.  My prayer is that he may allow me to give love to others so that I may be like him.

Then there is the selfish receiving love.  This love expresses itself through the mindset of what can be gained as a benefit for one’s self.  Selfish receiving love made Alex endure pain and suffering.  Giving love would have ended Alex’s suffering.

God gave.  Mankind receives.  The question I ask myself is which love do I express?  Is it for the benefit of others or is it only for my benefit?

I pray that our Lord will give me and you the proper answer and the strength to be a giver and not a receiver only.  Lord help us to not be selfish and seek our own good but to give of ourselves to each other for the good of others then our love will be like that of our God.

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