Love without End, Amen!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
Our theme this Sunday in worship is all about love, love, love! Psalm 136 recites again and again that we are to give thanks to God, for his steadfast love endures forever. Romans 8 tells us that there is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. God's love is a love without end, amen!
In the year 1990, George Straight made famous a country song by that title, referencing a father's love for his child. The song obviously resonated with the listening audience as it spent five weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
If you are a country music fan, you will remember that the song begins by referencing a father's love for his young son, but the final verse of the song was written about our Father in heaven's love for us as children of God.
Last night I dreamed I'd died and stood outside those pearly gates
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake
If they know half the things I've done, they'll never let me in
Then somewhere from the other side, I heard these words again
And they said
Let me tell you a secret about a father's love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
You see daddies don't just love their children every now and then
It's a love without end, amen.
Our human failings at times render us incapable of honoring relationships with those whom we love. Our tendency to abandon our own commitments makes it easier for us to wonder about our Lord's commitment to us. We begin, we fail, we try again, and again we fall short. Still, our God, who is rich in mercy, continues to lavish his love on us. In the cross of our Savior, repentant sinners find forgiveness.
And we sing, "O love, how deep, how broad, how high, beyond all thought and fantasy." "Amazing love, how can it be that thou, my God, should die for me?" "O how He loves you and me! He gave his life. What more could He give?" "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down." "O Love that wilt not let me go ... I give thee back the life I owe."
For today, let's all look for ways to be a conduit of God's amazing grace, his undeserved love.
Prayer for Today
Merciful God, thank you for never giving up on me! You forgive and forgive, you love and love and keep on loving. Teach me to trust your lavish grace and to show that same kind of tenacious love to others in my life, especially ...