The Love of God

    The love of God is one of the grandest themes in all the Bible.  To understand what love is, is to understand God, for “God is love.”
    F.M. Lehman wrote what I would consider one of the most beautiful songs on God’s love in the song entitled “The Love of God.”  It is the third stanza I wish to bring attention to:

Could we with ink the ocean fill.
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill.
And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forever more endure–
The saints’ and angels’ song.

    It is impossible to fully fathom and sound the heighth and depth, width and breadth of the love of God while in these mortal frames.  Yet we get an inkling of what type of love God’s love is when we read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. If we replace each “I” and each place where the word “love” is with the word, “God” in these verses, we will come just a little closer to seeing what kind of love God’s love is.  If God perceived all secrets and all knowledge (and we know He does), and if God should have all faith, so as to transport mountains (and we know He surely does), yet should He have no love, He is nothing.
    God’s love is the kind that gives. “For thus God loves the world, so that He gives His only-begotten Son . . .” (John 3:16). While in these mortal bodies, we will never fully realize what it was that God went through when He gave His only begotten Son.  Not until we put on immortality shall we know.  Yet now, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the holy spirit which is being given to us” (Rom.5:5) and it is this love of God which God is commending to us, “seeing that, while we are still sinners, Christ died for our sakes” (Rom.5:8).  Christ did not wait for us to clean ourselves up.  While we were “infirm” and “irreverent,” while we were neither “just” nor “good,” while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (see vss.6-8).
    God has given the greatest sacrifice for all time.  If He had no love, He would be nothing. Yet, since not only does He have love but He is Love personified, He is everything!
    We should be so ever thankful that God is not some diabolical fiend but is a loving God. Not only that, but He is a loving Father too!  May God be blessed for the eons of the eons! Amen!

Tony Nungesser


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