“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”Psalm 103:11-12
How do you love others? How do you want to be loved? Perhaps today you’ve received a Valentine’s Day card. Some cards list the ways the sender loves you, as in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, “How Do I Love Thee?”
I worked with prisoners whose loved ones might pay them a visit but who, most of the time, are entirely separated from the ones they love. The heart aches to be near family and friends again. Bible passages describing love as patient, kind, respectful, truthful, trusting, hoping, and persevering are moving. But that kind of love seems elusive when you’re serving a long prison sentence.
There is only one place to find this love which never fails. It is always nearby—in a prison cell or not, in the anguish of your life or in the joys. Jesus is wherever we are. Unfortunately, the love we exhibit does fail. We have disagreements, grudges, and divorces. We stop loving when we seek after our own rights and our own wants. As sinful human beings, we all fall short. But in Christ, there is love.
The love of your Savior never fails. Place your love in the One who gave His all for you.
Jesus has not only loved us fiercely and passionately, but He has also given us words that help us love Him and others.