I have a confession to make. I use the word "LOVE" way too much. And I use it out of context. For instance, in the post below, I said, "the girls LOVED the movie".
I should have said, "They really liked the movie, or enjoyed watching the movie." They didn't LOVE it.
I am going to make an effort to use my words accurately.. I don't want to diminish the word LOVE.
Today, I was teaching my Sunday School Class and I asked the kids to tell me things they Love!
"Candy!" "My Bicycle!" "Dogs!" "Toys!"
And then I asked them, "If you saw a piece of candy in the middle of the street and a car was coming and it was going to run that candy over, would you risk your life to rescue that candy?"
They all laughed! "OF COURSE NOT!" :) (glad they answered that right)
We went through each of the things they said they loved, and none of them would have been willing to risk their life at great peril to rescue even one of those things.
I explained to them, that is because you don't LOVE them. You like candy, you appreciate your toys, you like your bike.... but you don't LOVE them.
I then said to one of the children specifically, that if He was in the street and his daddy saw him there, I knew without a doubt that his daddy would risk his life and even give up his life for his son. (I know this, because I know this daddy well) "Do you know why your daddy would do that? Because he LOVES you."
Then I presented today's lesson which was on the LOVE of Jesus Christ. The scripture verse was from John 15. "Greater love hath no man than if he lays his life down for his friends."
I didn't ask them the next question, instead I just stated, "I bet there are some of you in here who would NOT risk your life at great peril if you saw another friend in the street. Some might, some might not.
But Jesus, the creator of all things, emptied himself, became a MAN, and willingly, NOT JUST RISKED HIS LIFE, but GAVE HIS LIFE UP, for not just His friends, but His ENEMIES too!
That is a true description of Love. So when I say, "Jesus Loves You!" It MEANS HE was willing to DIE FOR YOU, and to pay the penalty for YOUR sin, even when you hated Him.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, would not perish, but have ever lasting life." John 3:16
How did God Love the World? He sent His Son.
So, after class I asked, "Who loves baseball!" They all looked at me and said, "WE LIKE Baseball!" :)
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)