Wednesday, June 20, 2012

God is Love--1 John 4:8

Photo courtesy of Marisel Jarrin Kleppen--A touching moment.
          We've recently celebrated Father's Day to honor  our earthly fathers.  It's good to honor them. Many of us have had happy experiences with a loving father.  Unfortunately, for some, that is not the case.  The good news is our heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love, no matter what our experience has been with an earthly father. His love surpasses that of even the most loving earthly father. 
          At a time when I was trying to comprehend God's love, its tranforming and transcending power, I wrote this poem. 

Love is the link
The binding force
Transcending the physical
Even life and death
Binding man to man
And God to man
Elevating man to the highest and noblest of human experiences
Nourishing the soul
Extending beyond the flesh and this world
Allowing man but a glimpse
Of the glory which shall be revealed
"For God is love" (1 John 4:8).

           Words can't express it.  The apostle Paul wanted us to understand God's great love.  He wrote, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:38-39).

          Let's consider God's love for us today and pray He reveals to us how much He loves us.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Stahlman Hildebrand--A cherished family time.


  1. Now that I am a parent, I have such a better & deeper understanding of how Christ loves me. I realized a few months ago that my son changed my relationship with Christ. I look forward to getting to know & understand Christ more & deeper through my relationship with my son.

    1. That is so wonderful. I pray that you will come to love Christ more and grow closer in that relationship as you cherish every moment as a mommy. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    2. My grandchildren are teaching me more about the love of God, Marissa! Parenting has been such a blessing and now God is using my children's children. Yes, they are extraordinarily cute punkins but it is through the relationship with their mom that makes them mine too. We become God's through our relationship with Christ! Amazing.

  2. I think I experienced the feeling of this transcending love during the worship services at Write-to-Publish. It seemed like time was irrelevant, life and death were equally bathed in God's love. He was the true and constant Reality.

  3. Praise God. That is such a blessings. He is "the true and constant Reality". Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Rose. Yes, God's Love is amazing. When I think of His love, I think of Paul's words to the Church in Corinth:

    "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud..." 1 Cor 13:4ff

    I thank God for the men He's put in my life:

    - my earthly father who was my "super man". I miss him dearly;
    - the three current men in my life (I love saying that!): my husband, who's all the above, and my 2 beautiful sons.

    Now, there's a fourth one. 10-month-old grandson, Aidan John. If he grows up to be like his father, he too will be a mighty fine man. I'm so blessed.