Pastor’s Pen: A love divine that excels all others

Rev Alan Millar.
Rev Alan Millar.

Much has been written about love in novels, poetry and songs, like the Beatles song, “All you need is love”, or the 1965 Burt Bacharach song, which says “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, no, not just for some, but for everyone.”

If the love he writes about concerns the human love such as that between parents, children, husband, wife, boy-girl, or maybe between friends then yes, perhaps he’s right. How casually we often speak of love without realising what it really means to LOVE. If you have ever told someone, “I love you!” did you know what you were committing yourself to? Human love can be so fragile that a wrong word, a look, an action or misunderstanding can destroy love as quickly as a forest fire destroys the trees.

But there is a love that can never be destroyed regardless of word or action – it is the LOVE of God. In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul tells us what love is and what it’s not. Love is patient; kind; does not envy; does not boast; is not proud; does not dishonour others; is not selfish; is not easily angered; keeps no record of wrongs; does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth; always protects; always trusts; always hopes; always perseveres. Love never fails. That is but a small measure of God’s love for us.

No matter how sinful or unredeemable we may believe ourselves to be, God continues to love us with His unique divine eternal love, which we sing of in the beautiful hymn, ‘O love that will not let me go’. God’s faithfulness and love never fail.

We may not understand the Father’s love for us, but we can trust Him, because Jesus, God’s own Son, died on the cross to remove our guilt of sin, thereby offering us the gift of eternal life. That was and will always remain the measure of His love for you. When you come to understand that and believe that Jesus died for you, then and only then will you find true peace and rest for your weary soul, and hope for eternal life.

By Rev Alan Millar