In my college dorm room was a handwritten quote that I put on a notecard above my desk. I heard the line in a sermon, and it stuck with me. It remains indelibly etched in my mind today. The line was, “The loves we had were far too small.”
We desire love, but human love is too small to fill our souls. The love of a spouse is an enormous blessing, but it is still too small. The love of children and grandchildren can bring us joy, but it is not big enough. The love of family, friends and adoring people will even leave us empty inside eventually.
Only the love of God can give us everything we seek.
Today is called Good Friday. Jesus tells his followers a few hours before the cross, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 – NIV 2011
This is the day we see love beyond all understanding and expectation. It is truly a love of another kind. It is the kind that will fill our souls and leave us satisfied.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 – NIV 2011