Monday, August 31, 2009

Reminders of Love fm Daily Bread devotion

Read John 19:1-7, 16-18

After the US entered WW2 in 1941, Estelle tried to talk her boyfriend Sidney out of joining the Army. But he enlisted and began his training April of the following year. For the next 3 years he wrote her love letters - 525 in all. Then in March 1945, she learend that her beloved fiance had been killed in combat.

Althouth Estelle did eventually marry, the memories of her first love lived in her heart. To honor that love, she publisehd a book of Sidney's wartime correspondence more than 60 years later.

Like those letters, the Lord has left us with reminders of His love - the Scriptures. He says: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you" (Jer. 31:3). "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love" (John 15:9). The Bible also tells us that "Christ...loved the church and gave Himself for her" (Eph 5:25). "[Jesus] gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us" (Titus 2:14). "God is love" (1 John 4:8).

Read God's Word often and be reminded that Jesus loves you and died for you. - Anne Cetas

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