• God’s love

    God’s Love

    By Megan Harbin, granddaughter of Carolyn and Charles Phillips.

    Since it is February, the month for love and valentine’s, I thought I would talk about God’s love.

    Before I start I’d like to say that I was really nervous about speaking tonight but these verses reminded me that God will put the right words in my mouth and that I don’t have to be nervous.

    Jeremiah 1:6-9 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

    Even though I am a kid, God says that I not only have the right to speak to you tonight, but that I have been commanded to do it. God will tell my mouth what to say, and I don’t have to be afraid because God is right here with me.

    I am a child of God. God loves all his children. The young ones, and the old ones and he wants us all to tell others about his love. I asked some friends and some teachers what God’s love meant to them, and most of them thought of the same verse. I call it God’s Valentine…Did you know that God sent us our very first Valentine. The verse I am talking about is John 3:16 and it says

    For God so loVed the world,
    That He gAve
    his onLy
    BegottEn
    SoN
    That whosoever
    Believeth In Him
    Should Not perish,
    But have Everlasting life.”

    If you put this in the right order it spells out Valentine. Jesus is our Valentine. This makes me think about how much God loved us in the first place. He loved everyone so much that he gave his only son to die on the cross for us. If we believe in Him then we will live forever with God.

    Do you love someone enough to die for them so they can live? Maybe you do, but could you allow someone to take one of your kids, beat them up and torture them and let them die to save someone else? My Mom and Dad said they couldn’t do that and I know my Grandma and Papa couldn’t do that either. God’s love is greater than anything we can imagine. He loved us so much that He did allow his perfect Son to go through all kinds of pain and death just so we could be saved.

    The dictionary defines love this way: great and warm affection; to like very much.

    That doesn’t sound like much to me, but in 1 John 4 it says that GOD IS LOVE. This means that God is the definition of love. God is perfect, everlasting, dependable, and unfailing. God will never leave us nor forsake us. So we can say that real love should have the same definition: PERFECT, DEPENDABLE, EVERLASTING, and UNFAILING. I like the Bible’s definition of love a lot better.

    In Romans 8:38 and 39, it tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not life, or death or evil spirits, NOTHING. Once we are covered in the blood of Jesus, we cannot be separated from God.

    John 13:34 and 35 says that all men will know we are disciples of God by the love we show to others. These verses also tell us that God commands us to love one another, the way God loves us… perfect, dependable, LOVE. Can the world tell that we belong to God?

    Let’s go back to 1 John 4, in verses 11-21 it says that if we love God, then we should love one another. If we love a God that we have never seen, then it should be easy to love our brothers and sisters in Christ who we can see. If we all love each other then we can see God in each other’s eyes.

    I have heard my Papa say that he can tell when someone is saved because he can see the Holy Spirit looking back at him from their eyes. That is God’s LOVE!!!

    Not only does God want us to love each other but he wants us to love the unsaved as well.

    Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    If we only love our friends and our family, how are we any different from anyone else? How can someone see God in us? God Loves EVERYONE. He wants to see everyone in heaven one day, and that includes our mean neighbors, bullies, and even your bosses! If Jesus can love the people beating him on the cross, why can’t we love the person next to us that just gets on our nerves? Sometimes showing love to someone who doesn’t deserve it makes them want to be loved more. This can make someone want to hang around us more and we will have more chances to tell them about God.

    Let me finish by reminding you of a story.

    *** Dr. Seuss’ famous Grinch lived just above Who-ville and he had a problem. It is reported that his heart was two sizes too small. This is why the Grinch hated Christmas and everything else about the merry Whos. By the end of the story, however, something happens. After working to ruin Christmas, the Grinch saw the Whos celebrating and loving each other even though they had nothing. “And what happened then…? Well…in Who-ville they say, that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!” The Grinch’s heart grew because he saw how the people loved each other no matter the circumstances. Once he saw their unconditional love, he wanted to be a part of it and he wanted to have it. It is no wonder his heart grew! He had never experienced that kind of unfailing love before.

    We are to love as Christ loved. Romans 5:8 says, that God loved us so much, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!

    This love is a love that is willing to put others’ needs before our own. It is a forgiving love that is willing to forgive no matter what. It is a love that helps even when it does not fit into the schedule. It is a love that does not complain, even when it has been wronged or hurt. It is a love that is hard to live by, but it is a love that we are called to strive for. That is why God sent His son and left the Holy Spirit with us so that we could have supernatural strength to love as He loves.

    It is when we love like this that others will be able to catch a glimpse of Jesus. It is when we love like this that not only our own hearts will continue to grow, but other people whose hearts may be two sizes too small will respond to God.

    For God so loVed the world,
    That He gAve
    his onLy
    BegottEn
    SoN
    That whosoever
    Believeth In Him
    Should Not perish,
    But have Everlasting life.”

     

    *** Dr Suess’s Grinch analogy comes from another magazine source.