Sunday, December 10, 2017

25 Days of God Given Gifts - Day 10 - LOVE

Neither height nor depth, 
nor anything else in all creation,
 will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God 
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:39


The hymn titled O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus, was written in 1875 by Samuel Trevor Francis.  As a teenager contemplating suicide one night on a bridge, he experienced a spiritual awakening and went on to author many poems and hymns.  He compares Jesus’ love to the mighty ocean. 

I live in Maine in a small fishing community. I know the beauty of the ocean, its vastness, might and power. Over the years, many people right in our own community have lost their lives to the powerful ocean. In our area, it is the strongest force of nature. 



God IS love, he defines love, his nature is love, his attributes are love. God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sin. His love is personal, never changing, no beginning or end; he knows and loves you individually.  

There may be some reading this that do not have someone to love and share their days with, or you may have someone who loves you but doesn’t express it in the way that you’d like them to. Remember Jesus loves you with an everlasting and unconditional love. A love that it vast, unmeasured, boundless, free and as mighty as the ocean. 

There is wisdom in the words of this hymn. If the lyrics have spoken to you, please follow the link below to the video. I think this rendition portrays it in such a powerful way. As you listen to it, picture the love of Jesus wrapping you with warmth and care.  O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o'er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o'er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean vast of blessing, 'tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, 'tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
Samuel Trevor Francis ~ 1875 

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2 comments:

Teresa Arsenault said...

May you be held in his deep, deep love today and always. Thanks for sharing. hugs, Teresa

Deborah Montgomery said...

I didn't know the story behind this hymn. Wonderful that he was saved and went on to share God's love with others.