How Great Is His Love!
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The last words someone speaks on earth are a legacy for those left behind. They depict their last thoughts.
We are often intrigued to know the last words of famous people. In a 2018 interview with Raleigh, NC WRAL News, Billy Graham’s daughter, Ann Graham Lotz, said his last words were in response to his 11-year-old granddaughter who said she loved him. Billy responded, “I love you too.” I’ve always loved his sermons. When Billy declared “God loves you!” it was always with such conviction that the words seemed to go right into me.
Before His death, Jesus told His disciples He was going to be with the Father and that He would give them the Holy Spirit to live inside them and lead them into all truth (John 14:12-17). These were important words to take to heart.
I love the truth of Christ’s words in John 17: 23:
“You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” (NASB1995)
It’s worth it to meditate on this a bit and take it to heart—Father God loves you as much as He loves His very own Son, Jesus Christ. Friends, that is BIG love and amazing love which I believe He wants going from our head to our heart!
Some of us may have not experienced the kind of love we preferred from a mother or father, a spouse, children, or friends. At least I didn’t and know it can create doubt and the challenge of knowing and receiving His love. But the Living God loves you! As God is love, please know, He loves you so very much! His love for us is pure, sincere, and everlasting. Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing will ever separate us from God’s love. That is such wonderful news!
May God give us His grace to grab hold of it! One pastor I heard painted an incredible picture by saying: “He loves you more than all the stars of the sky or the sands of the sea.”
Someone may be thinking, Well, I don’t feel His love. Perhaps our feelings are not always accurate. God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. I’m learning to tell my heart that God’s love is perfect, and I can trust it. I pray that each of us will receive this most precious and magnificent gift today.
In John 6:38, Jesus said:
“I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
When I read this, I understood that as proof of His love, Jesus left heaven, His home with Father God, for us. Perfect love was manifested.
To receive God’s love as a personal reality, the Lord impressed upon me to verbally thank Him for His love. So, I say, “Father God, thank You for loving me.” The more I say it, the more real this fact becomes. I encourage you to try it. God Loves you today and every day.
In John 17:26, giving insight to his followers before He would be crucified, Christ said:
“I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Lord, thank You for loving us and guiding us into truth with Your Word. Any place where our hearts have doubted Your love, please open the eyes of our hearts so Your love becomes real to us and established in us. Flood our hearts with Your love so we may love You and love others.
All Scripture is quoted from the New American Standard Bible, copyright 1960, 1971, 1977,1995. Used by permission of Foundation Publications, Inc, Anaheim, California 92816
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