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Greatest love of All

“I have loved you with an everlasting love…”  Jeremiah 31:3

Valentine’s Day, as celebrated in many Western countries, is supposed to be a day

filled with gifts (usually candy and flowers), lovingly worded greeting cards, and

special acts of kindness. Yet for many people—young and old—it is a day marked

by an aching heart. The single mother weighed down by burdens of

responsibilities almost too heavy to bear. A widowed man sitting quietly in his

rocker with only tears of memory as his companion. The young single woman

wonders why she alone, among so many of her friends, is without a fiancé or

husband. The married couple who merely co-exist without a spark of passion. The

candy is consumed, the flowers fade and many of the special acts are

unfortunately replaced with less loving gestures.

What happened on February 15th? Is there a love that helps us bear our burdens,

wipes our tears, and satisfies our longings? Madeleine L ’Engle writes: “One of our

children when he was two or three years old used to rush at me when he had

been naughty, and beat against me, and what he wanted by this monstrous

behaviour was an affirmation of love. And I would put my arms around him and

hold him very tight until the dragon was gone and the loving small boy had

returned. So God does with me. I strike out at Him in pain and fear and He holds

me under the shadow of His wings. Sometimes He appears to me to be so

unreasonable that I think I cannot live with Him, but I know that I cannot live

without Him.”

Thank you, Father, that your love doesn’t depend on my worth or my reactions,

that you loved me from before the beginning of time, that your love can fill all the

empty spaces of my heart.

His love is one that never fails.

A love that never fails!  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  Has human love ever failed

you?  I’m guessing your answer may be, “Yes it has—more times than I like to

admit!”

1 Corinthians 13:8 promises that “love never fails!” Not God’s kind of love

anyway.

I sense you may be so thirsty for this type of love. Those who should have loved

you, did not.  Those who could have loved you, didn’t. You were left at the

hospital.  Left at the altar. Left with an empty bed.  Left with a broken heart.  Left

with your question, “Does anybody love me?”

Listen to heaven’s answer:  God loves you—with a love that never fails.

Personally.  Powerfully.  Passionately.  God loves you with unfailing love!

And His love, if you’ll let it, can fill you!  Come thirsty, my friend, and drink deeply!

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