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No greater love

() - July 13, 2005 - 12:00am
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10

On our family-room wall, in a small shadowbox, hangs a "treasure" that belongs to my wife Carolyn. Oh, we have things more intrinsically valuable on the walls of our home – a handmade quilt from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Kentucky, antique mirrors, oil paintings, and a magnificent dulcimer from an artisan in the backcountry of Idaho.

Carolyn’s treasure, though, is far more valuable to her than any other possession, for it contains a gift from our granddaughter Julia. It was a present to her "Nana" on Valentine’s Day several years ago when Julia was only 6 years old – a small, red, clay heart. Inscribed on it in childish scrawl are the words "I Luv U."

The little heart is crudely made, ragged on the edges, and bears a number of thumbprints and smudges, but Carolyn has enshrined it in a frame made especially for that heart. Each day it reminds her of Julia’s love.

Is God’s love more valuable to you than silver or gold or any other possession? He "sent His only begotten Son into the world, that [you] might live through Him" (1 John 4:9). He did that because He loves you, not because you loved Him. And because of His love, one day you will be with Him in heaven. There is no greater love! – David Roper

Love sent my Savior to die in my stead,

Why should He love me so?

Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led,

Why should He love me so? – Harkness


READ: 1 John 4:7-11


God’s eternal love is the source of our eternal life.
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF KENTUCKY CAROLYN DAVID ROPER DAY GOD HIS SON I LUV U IS GOD JULIA LOVE
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