The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell....
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.
Words and music
You can trust a God like this.
When you look at Bethlehem or Calvary, remember that it is an expression of God's agape love to you.
When you look at the flowers, see them as His love gift.
When you hold a baby or little child, see them as His love gift to you, whether the little one is your own or not.
When you stroke the head of an animal, listen to the song of the bird, smell the perfume of a flower, watch an amazing sunset, thank the God of the universe for the beauty you see.
Ask Him to give you His love. It is His promise to all who will surrender. When you receive it, you will never cease to thank Him. I can guarantee that through my own experience of loving God. Before I surrendered I wondered what the Bible was all about. Who was God? Where did I come from? Where was I going?
I remember my surrender in 1962. It was a little informal gathering after a weekend camp meeting. I had not understood a single meeting at the camp, but when the young minister offered Jesus to about ten of us, I said YES. I was so happy -- God loved me. He loved ME.
The moment I said YES, He gave me His love and I loved Him. Now, that's love, isn't it?
What about you? Will you surrender your life to Him too? You will never regret it.
You may not have thought much about what God is really like. There are many ideas of Him in this world, but unless they come from a divine Source, they are probably not a true picture.
Some people think He is cruel for allowing suffering to continue on the earth. Others believe God has nothing to do with us, apart from beginning a process of evolution, then letting it go on for millions of years until we arrived. But these are not a picture of the true God, nor how we came to be on this planet.
God is LOVE.
We cannot fully understand the love of God. As the song says, it is "greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell."
It is not that God loves, but that is He IS LOVE.
Again, we cannot understand this, but it means that love emanates from Him. He is the Source of love, yet it never diminishes. It simply pours forth from Him and never runs out. He can love everyone and never stop.
In English there is only one word for love, but in the Greek there are a number of words. We say, 'I love roses', and 'I love mangoes', and 'I love my car', and 'I love my children', and 'I love my mother' and 'I love my wife' and it goes on. And 'I love God'.
It is the same word for every kind of love. In the Greek it is not. There is a word for loving our spouse and another for our friends. There is one for parents and one for children. Not being a Greek, I don't know if there is one for things, but there is certainly a special word for the love of God. It is agape.
Agape love comes from God. It is the love He loves us with, and it is eternal. It is not a love because someone is pretty or handsome or loving or kind. It loves no matter what a person is like, even if they are cruel and mean. Agape loves the person. It values the soul.
When we surrender to God, He gives us His love and we can love others as He does. We still love our spouse with the love of spouse, and we still love our children, our parents and friends with the love that is for them, but we can love everyone with agape love.
It is a very interesting love. I remember experiencing it in a way that was noticed in relation to another person. There was a man at church I was not particularly drawn to, did not particularly like, but I did not hate him. I always treated him with respect, but one day he came to me and asked something about the Bible.
I began to explain it to him and when I had finished he said, 'I wish I had your faith.' Suddenly I loved that man with agape love. My other feelings did not change, but I now felt for him. I valued his soul. It was a wonderful experience in understanding the difference between God's love and my own.
The Bible tells us to love our enemies. The only way we can do that is to have God's love. Otherwise it is impossible. You can try and try, but it will not work. You might for a short time, but sooner or later, their cruelty, whether in word or deed, will allow your natural feelings to take over.
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Dear Reader, God loves you with an everlasting -- agape -- love. He values you as a person. He longs for you to love Him too, but we can only do that when He gives us His love. It is interesting. He gives us the love we need to love Him.
God does not become angry and punish us when we fail. Some people say when things go wrong, 'God is punishing me', but this is false. There is a judgment in the future, but in this life He does not punish people. God is seeking the lost. He is longing for us to surrender our lives to Him so He can bless us more.
God made the greatest sacrifice anyone could make for this earth and we need to understand that He, as God the Father, suffered greatly when He did it.
"God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in His should not perish,
but have everlasting life." John 3:16.