Colossians 3:12-14 "As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." (NRSV)
The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care God gave His Son to win,
His erring child He reconciled and pardoned from his sin.
Could we with ink the oceans 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 though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forever endure the saint’s and angel’s song. (Benton Ellis)
How is your love for others (not just family or friends) going?
And, how is your demonstration of love toward our community going?
Careful now, honesty can become a challenging thing!
The man lay on this hospital bed. Oxygen, tubes, medication were intended to help a failing heart. His adult son was at his side, called by his sister. The heart attack was almost fatal, and soon would be. The dying man could not eat, but ate a few bites of soup for his son. He gave direction for construction of a new building on the farm. Then, as death neared, he verbalized something this strong, quiet man had never said. He took his sons hand, pulled him very near, and said words cherished to this day, “Son, I love you!”
Three hours later he was translated to paradise.