Almighty God, You are my life, my hope, my treasure, my salvation, my security, my peace, my joy, my love, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Lord, and my God!
I have no words to express the depth of my gratitude. All I can do is worship You!
I am OVERWHELMED!
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends…13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13.4-8, 13)
One of my greatest joys each year comes on Christmas day. My son runs into my room, jumps on top of me, and says, “Dad! Get up! It’s Christmas morning! Let’s open the presents!” He is so excited to play with his new toys without even knowing what they are.
After opening every present, he systematically begins to spend time experiencing the joys each gift provides. By the end of the day he has played with every toy and has begun to go back for a second round of fun. Would you believe that in ten years he has never left a present unwrapped under the tree? He opens every gift with great anticipation of all the enjoyment he will have for days, weeks, and months to come.
God’s love is a gift He offers each of us. When we receive His gift of love and begin to unwrap it, we will find within many other gifts which reveal something special about His great love for us.
In this week’s sermon, “Love is a Gift,” we will unwrap a few of the various gifts found within the love of God.
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Have you ever wondered if you will ever find something in life that makes you happy? What is it that will fill the void in your life? Is there anything that can bring lasting joy, fulfillment, or contentment?
To find what your heart is searching for, listen to this week’s message, “Love is the Solution.”
A crippled girl, living in the slums, underwent an operation that might enable her to walk again. When the operation was over, she needed a blood transfusion; her fourteen-year-old brother, a tough boy of the streets, volunteered. He was taken to the hospital, to the bedside of his crippled sister. He stared in tight-lipped silence while the vein in his arm was opened so that the blood might flow into the body of his unconscious sister. When it was over, the doctor put his hand on the boy’s shoulder and told him that he was very brave. The boy did not comprehend; he had not understood the nature of a transfusion. After a moment, he looked up and said, “Doc, how long will it be before I croak?” As far as the boy was concerned he had been dying; slowly and willingly, he had stoically watched the blood flow—drop by drop, expecting his sister’s life to mean his own death.
There, indeed, is the highest in human love. If this human love is to be seen in it highest degree, it will be through the words of Christ, who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15.13).
Jesus willing let His life slowly fade away because He knew His death was the only way for us to have life!
Source: Timeless Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching by Donald Grey Barnhouse