“Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean”

Every time I think of February, I immediately think of Valentine’s Day.  I know there are other special days in February, too.  (Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays, and President’s day. The Super Bowl has even been in February in past years.)  But, in spite of all of the events listed on February’s calendar, we always seem to associate February with Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s all the red roses that are sold from florists nationwide.  Perhaps it’s the Hallmark cards flying off the shelves with little sweet nothings written inside. Or maybe it’s the heart shaped boxes of little chocolates that are purchased and the restaurants that are booked weeks in advance.  Regardless of the reason why, February contains the one day a year when people try to find ways to express their love to others.  It seems foolish in many ways to put so much emphasis on one single day to show love when, in reality, we should love one another every day of the year and not just wait until February.  However, this is also how we often display our love for God. We go through our busy week focusing on everything and everyone else in our lives, and then on Sunday we tell God that we love Him. God wants more than just Sunday though. In the book Super Center Savior, author Jeff Noble writes, “The Christian Life is meant to be lived in between Sundays.”

So, why should we show and tell that we love Him? Well, ultimately, we show love to God because He showed us and the world the most amazing example of LOVE when He sacrificed His only Son to die on the cross to take away our sins. It reminds me of the lyrics to a song I heard last week:

Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving kindness as the flood.

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Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise?

When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood.

 He can never be forgotten, throughout Heavens eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion, Fountains opened deep and wide

Through the floodgates of God’s mercy, Flowed a vast a gracious tide

Grace and love, like mighty rivers, Poured incessant from above

And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice, Kissed a guilty world in love

 

I think the first line sums up God’s love for us: It is VAST AS THE OCEAN! No other love is higher, deeper, wider, or truer than God’s Love! God loves us so much, and wants to show us His love 365 days of the year, not with chocolates and cards but with His gift of eternal life so that we can be with Him forever in His loving arms.  Open your hearts and receive His love in a fresh way today, and then find ways to share that love with those that God places in your path every single day of the year.

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~ by blitzz5 on January 27, 2013.

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