Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom
Shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heaven’s eternal days
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heaven’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love
No love is higher, no love is wider
No love is deeper, no love is truer’
– William Rees
The world takes us to romance movies, news headlines and celebrity gossip and says ‘this is love’. God takes us to Calvary, where His son was sacrificed in our stead – bloodied and marred like no other man has ever been before … and says ‘this is love’
‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us‘ (Romans 5:8).
This is that ‘agape’ love which the bible speaks of 259 times and essentially means ‘self-sacrifice’. It is the kind of love God wants us to have towards one another in our everyday relationships and friendships – putting each other’s needs before our own.
God left the glorious and perfect luxuries of heaven to die like a criminal on our behalf … and to make us heirs with Him. What a beautiful God we have and how undeserving we are of this magnificent love.
May we all learn more about true love by looking at His character – He is the definition of love (1st John 4:8).