True Love

Some of the most wonderful words in the Bible are found in John’s Gospel chapter 3 verse 16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’. Do we in any way appreciate the deep love of God for us?

The story is told of the time when Britain was ruled as a commonwealth under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell. One man had committed a crime and had been brought before a military court. This was far from the man’s first crime and it was of a most serious nature and so he was sentenced to death. The execution was timed to take place that evening at the “ringing of the curfew bell”. Some hours before that ringing the man’s fiancée climbed up to the bell and tied herself to the huge clapper inside. At curfew time only a muted sound could be faintly heard but no sound of the bell. Soldiers were sent to investigate and eventually brought the woman cut and bleeding before Cromwell. He was so impressed with her deep and sincere love for the soldier and her willingness to suffer for him that Cromwell released the soldier saying, “Curfew will not ring tonight”. It is a wonderful story of sacrificial love and devotion.

The love of God is an even greater sacrifice as Jesus went to Calvary’s cross to suffer the full punishment that we deserved for our sins. He paid a horrendous price at the cross and through faith in Him we can be saved and cleansed from sin and made good enough for Heaven. It is the most glorious blessing to personally trust Jesus and experience the love which God has for us in Christ.

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