The Apostle Paul in writing to the churches in the area of Ephesus wrote of a love that is of such magnitude and scope that it transcends human comprehension. He wrote … “and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19).  The world in which we live is desperately in need of a love that can fill the deep desires of hearts that are disillusioned, in despair, torn by conflict and on the verge of destruction.  Such love must exceed the human standard of love -- that which is dependent on the attractiveness of the object.  Paul speaks of a love that comes from within, founded on the integrity of the lover, and produced in one’s life by God. This love, manifested first and foremost in the words … “for God so loved the world,” can be produced by the Spirit of God in the life of a person who has placed their faith in Christ as their Savior, and who walks in the Word by means of the Spirit.  It is a love that is beyond human understanding for it is spiritual in its origin.  To the churches in Galatia the apostle wrote … “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  This love of Christ can be produced in our lives … “we love, because He first loved us” (I John 4:19).  In a world too often marked by the ugliness of sin and evil, such love brings great hope to troubled hearts.  A local poet penned the following words:

 

Christ, the Beauty of His Love
By Larry Chambers

It gives life to smiles and pleasure to the sound of its voice.
Cast your eyes upon its beauty and it will fill your soul with joy.

Be entangled in the beauty of its reality and it will
Let you know that it is more than a notion.
With gentleness, kindness, patience, forgiveness and purity,
It reigns supreme above every emotion.
Without saying a word it is well spoken.
 It is in its wisdom that it completes your knowledge and
Understanding of all things in life, and gives you comfort
In the confidence that it has placed in your heart.
With open arms it shows the magnitude of its affection,
With loving care it keeps you moving in the right direction.
With its multitude of expressions and infinite number of fashions,
It is blessed with well pleasing in giving the fullness of its compassion.
It is the master of healing the broken hearted and the
Uplifting of the spirit broken.
It is with its kind mercy and beautiful grace and its gentle touch
That we are shown the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ
And the beauty of His love.

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