3 NOVEMBER 2017

JESUS LOVES ME

 

How much do you love? Many, when asked this question, would look as the one asking it as if they were crazy! How can you measure love because? Jesus gave one method of measurement: “And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends;”. (John 15:13 TLB). Occasionally, we hear stories of someone who saved their loved one by placing themselves in danger. In the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, one story emerged about a young husband who laid on top of his wife to prevent bullets from hitting her. He died; she lived! Would you do the same for anyone? And would you die for everyone and everything that you say you love? When we look carefully at our feelings, we use the word love for so many types of affection. We say that we love where we live or we love our pets, but is that the same emotion that we feel about for other humans? Obviously not! Regardless of how sad we feel for a pet when they die, how much we cry, or how lonely we are without our animal companion, that sorrow is minimized by the grief felt when losing a parent, child, or other beloved person. The English language is quite limited in describing those emotions, but some languages express love with different words depending on the object of the love or according to the depth of the emotion felt. We’ve talked before about Biblical words for love, in Hebrew or Aramaic: ahab, hesed, or raham; and in Greek, storge, eros, philia, and agape; so I’m not going to, once again, explain their application. Then there’s the question of how we express love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV). Jesus was the best example of love, that perfect agape love of God, when He chose the cross and total separation from His Father in order to save humanity from the same fate! Jesus told His disciples that obedience was one way to display our love for the Lord. “If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you.” (John 14:15 VOICE). Keeping His commandments don’t only show our love for the Lord, but is also how we display love within the church! Even more than that, since God’s family is not limited to those who have already accepted Jesus as Lord, but extends to all humanity. “The test of the genuineness of our love for God’s family lies in this question—do we love God himself and do we obey his commands? For loving God means obeying his commands, and these commands of his are not burdensome,”. (1 John 5:2-3 PHILLIPS).

 
My heart song today is a childhood favorite, one of the first song that many children of my generation would learn the words to. The verses in this version, beyond the first one and chorus, are different from what I learned, and there are many variations that have been added over the years, but the primary message remains the same…Jesus Loves every one of us:

 
“Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

 
REFRAIN:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

 
Jesus loves me! when I’m good,
When I do the things I should.
Jesus loves me! when I’m bad,
Though it makes Him very sad.

 

Jesus loves the children dear,
Children far away or near.
They are safe within His care.
Everyday and everywhere.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
The Bible tells me so.”

 
“I have become absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither messenger of Heaven nor monarch of earth, neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow, neither a power from on high nor a power from below, nor anything else in God’s whole world has any power to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 8:39 PHILLIPS). Have a blessed day!