November 19, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter K



Monte Holland


Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter J to read the previous post on the letter J.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland




Keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ into eternal life. (Jude 21)

     Couples fail at love all the time. Of those who marry, half divorce. Of the half of married couples that stay married, what is their secret of enduring love?

     Which is the better starting place to finding the secret of enduring love—God or humans?

     The logical answer to the question is God. The assumption is that if we find the secret of enduring love with God, then we may be able to apply it to marriage.

     Love is a relationship. Love is a two-way street. Each party contributes. Do we love because we are naturally lovers or do we love because we are first loved? Look at a familiar 19th century hymn, O How I Love Jesus:

1.          There is a name I love to hear, 
            I love to sing its worth; 
            it sounds like music in my ear, 
            the sweetest name on earth.  
            O how I love Jesus, 
            O how I love Jesus, 
            O how I love Jesus, 
            because he first loved me!
2.          It tells me of a Savior's love, 
            who died to set me free; 
            it tells me of his precious blood, 
            the sinner's perfect plea.
3.          It tells of one whose loving heart 
            can feel my deepest woe; 
            who in each sorrow bears a part 
            that none can bear below.

     For years Christians sang this hymn. Its refrain states I love Jesus because he first loved me. What is the nature of this love?

·         First, love makes us feel like (more…)


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