The Greatest Love Possible

“And a voice came from heaven:
‘You are my Son, whom I love;
with you I am well pleased.’”
Mark 1:11 (NIV)

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
John 15:9-10 (NIV)

I heard of a very loving child who enjoyed verbalizing his love for family members. For example, when his mother would say, “I love you very much.” He would say something like, “I love you 10 times more.” We may smile at such a comment, but we also believe he is a devoted son and loves his family very much.

When our Saviour described His love for His people, He compares it to the love the Father has for Him. We cannot imagine a greater degree or quality of love than that!

Such an expression of love toward you Christian should bring much encouragement to you especially after you have fallen, or when adversity strikes. How often have we in dark hours sought comfort by reflecting on this grand theme!

Many are the poems and hymns written by God’s people through succeeding generations on God’s love for His chosen people. I had such a difficult time choosing only one I had to settle for two! May today’s verses of Scripture and the following be food to your soul and light on your path.

Loved of my GOD, for Him again
With love intense I burn;
Chosen of Thee ere time began,
I choose Thee in return!
Less than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore;
More than Thyself I cannot have;
And Thou canst give no more.

-F.T. Palgrave

A mind at perfect peace with God,
Oh! what a word is this!
A sinner reconciled thro’ blood;
This, this indeed is peace!

By nature and by practice far,
How very far from God;
Yet now by grace bro’t nigh to Him,
Thro’ faith in Jesus’ blood.

So near, so very near to God,
I cannot nearer be;
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.

So dear, so very dear to God,
More dear I cannot be;
The love wherewith He loves the Son;
Such is His love to me!

Why should I ever careful be,
Since such a God is mine?
He watches o’er me night and day,
And tells me “Mine is thine.”

-C. Paget

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