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This Month's Message

Magnificent Love
By Fran Caffey Sandin

In the Valentine month, we look for ways to express love and appreciation to those we hold dear. Sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly what to give or how to express our feelings. Should we buy a funny card, a serious one, or just make our own?

In today’s culture we can be duped into thinking that love is a Hollywood-style romance, but it doesn’t take long to realize man-made “love” is often just another word for “meet my needs.” If it doesn’t work out, the search is on for someone who will. That kind of love is self-centered and unfulfilling whereas God’s love never fails, and it sustains us through every season and every circumstance of our lives.

In studying the Bible, I was impressed with Paul’s gift to the church at Ephesus. Although Paul wrote from a prison cell, he did not complain but rather sent a message back to his beloved to remind them of the magnitude of God’s love. After sharing the good news of the endless treasures available to them through Christ, he penned the following message:

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of his plan I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God—some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth—that out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is, and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.

“Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 3: 14-21 Life Application Bible).

God’s love is the real deal. Human love may fail but God’s love never fails.

Dear Father, We were like miners trapped in a dark mining shaft 2000 feet below when someone came and rescued us, bringing us into the marvelous light. We were in a dark place because of our sin, but You sent Jesus to rescue us! Thank you for your magnificent gift of love. Jesus! In His name we pray, Amen.