Family Bible Study lesson for July 4: Encouraged by Enduring Love : Friday, June 11, 2004
June 11 2004 by Phyllis Elliott Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for July 4: Encouraged by Enduring Love : Friday, June 11, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for July 4: Encouraged by Enduring Love

By Phyllis Elliott Elvington
Focal Passage: Lamentations 3:19-24; Luke 19:1-10

A mother's love is an amazing thing. I ought to know - I am a mother.

Several years ago after we had finished our nighttime prayers, I looked straight at John Mark, my then-eight-year-old, and said, "I love you."

Expecting to hear the familiar "I love you" in response, I was a little shocked by the next words out of John Mark's mouth. Without blinking an eye he boldly stated, "I love you more."

I quickly responded, "John Mark, that is precious, but I don't think it's possible for a child to love the mama more than the mama loves the child."

He then came back with this theologically challenging statement, "Where is that in the Bible? If it's not in the Bible, then I'm not going to believe it because I know I love you more."

I do not know if it is possible for a child to love the parent more than the parent loves the child. I know how much I love my children. But I also know that this kind of love, as powerful as it is, pales in comparison to how much God loves each one of us. John 3:16 states: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Now that's the most encouraging news I have ever heard!

God's love never ceases

Lamentations 3:19-24

The book of Lamentations begins with Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, mourning over the destruction of Jerusalem. The nation of Judah had been defeated by the Babylonians; the temple had been destroyed; and the people had been tortured, killed or taken captive. In the midst of all this despair, Jeremiah clung to one shining ray of hope: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end" (v. 22).

How can you be sure of this truth? How can you be absolutely certain that God will never stop loving you?

  • God is love - 1 John 4:16.
  • God loves you - Isaiah 43:4.
  • Love never ends - 1 Corinthians 13:8.
  • God loves when others do not

    Luke 19:1-7

    Zacchaeus was a Jew. He made his living by collecting taxes from his own people for the Roman government. To say that Zacchaeus was at the bottom of the social ladder among the Jewish people would be an understatement.

    In contrast to the crowds, Jesus loved Zacchaeus. He looked at Zacchaeus through God's eyes, not through the eyes of the crowd.

    The crowd muttered: "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner" (v. 7).

    Romans 5:8 tells us, "But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

    God's love changes lives

    Luke 19:8-10

    After meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus was a changed man. This once-despised tax collector told Jesus, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount" (v. 8).

    The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 of the drastic change that takes place in our lives when we are touched by God's powerful love: "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come."

    If that is not enough to encourage you, Romans 8:35-39 gives us one of the most powerful assurances of God's enduring love: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? ... For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    Amen and amen!
    6/11/2004 12:00:00 AM by Phyllis Elliott Elvington | with 0 comments




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