Feb 14, 2007

Because He First Loved Us

This year more than any other, I am reminded that my comfort and satisfaction comes from God alone. And I am reminded that the greatest love was shown to me at the cross. For God so loved me that He sent His son to earth, to die, to bear the wrath for every single one of my sins-even sins that I haven’t committed yet. There is no greater love than this. And only because of His love for us, are we able to love others.

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

It is a wonderful thing to celebrate the people in our lives on Valentine’s Day. We are called to love one another. But we must not lose sight of the love that we are mercifully allowed to celebrate every single day- the love that replaces weariness with strength, affliction with joy, and sin with forgiveness.

Whether you are single or married, be encouraged and reminded today of God’s love for you. You are never alone. You won’t ever spend one second being unloved.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3



Anonymous said...

Such good words, Larissa.
Happy Valentine's Day, Larissa. Happy Valentine's Day, Ian. How wonderful to know that our truest joy in life is unshakeable and never threatened.
Cynthia Haughery

Anonymous said...

I just read your story. You are a treasure! My prayers are for you, Ian and the whole family.

With God on His throne, the ending of your story will be beautiful, no matter how it turns out.

Cap Stewart said...


I too just read your story (via Carolyn McCulley’s blog). Truth shouts loudest when coming from the lips of suffering saints. Thank you for your example. Your faith is immensely encouraging and a testimony to the power of God’s sustaining grace. May you continue to find strength in the sufficiency of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be praying for you all.

Crisco said...


Ezinne said...

Larissa, I just read your story on Carolyn McCulley's blog. Thank you for sharing. You are such a strong woman, and your unshakable faith is so impressive! My prayers are with you and Ian and his family. God bless you.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Amen and Amen!!!! :)