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Dr. Larry Petton

Beautiful and Stupid at the Same Time

A husband and wife were having an argument. Finally, out of sheer frustration, the husband blurted out, "Honey, I don't know why God made you so beautiful and, yet, so stupid at the same time!"

His wife stared at him and said, "Well, God made me So Beautiful so you could love me. And God made me Stupid so that I could love you!"

Ahh - Love. There is just nothing on earth that even resembles true love - God's love - now is there?

Even Biblical scholars of long ago all agree that the topic of God's love is truly an overwhelming subject. Why? Because there is so much that the bible has to say about the love of God. God's love is definitely multifaceted. So much so that I am sure that even the most highly educated people of our time couldn't even come close to fully comprehending it.

To quote A. W. Tozer, "I can do no more justice to this awesome and wonderful-filled topic than a child can grasp a star. Still, by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. And so, I stretch my heart toward the high, shining love of God so that we may be encouraged to look up and have hope."

In John 3:16, Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

This amazing statement from Jesus Christ is just one short sentence. Yet it is chucked full with so much truth that we literally will never have enough time to fully understand all that Jesus was trying to tell us about God's deep love for us.

Just from this one amazing sentence we have found seven truths (even though I am sure there are many more truths to be found) about God's love - how deeply He loves.

We have learned that God's love is unconditional

God's love is sacrificial

The love of God is valuable

God's love is nonjudgemental

God's love is beneficial

I once read a story about a young man who in modern day times could be known as the prodigal son. It goes like this. Years ago a young man had quarreled with his father and left home. He continued to keep in touch with his mother, and wanted very badly to ome home for Christmas, but he was afraid his father would not allow him. His mother wrote to him and urged him to come home, but he did not feel he could until he knew his father had forgiven him. Finally, there was no time for any more letters. His mother wrote and said she would talk with the father, and if he had forgiven him, she would tie a white cloth on the tree which grew right alongside the railroad tracks near their home, which he could see before the train reached the station. If there were no white cloth, it would be better if he went on.

So the young man started home. As the train drew near his home he was so nervous he said to his friend who was traveling with him, "I can't bear to look. Sit in my place and look out the window. I'll tell you what the tree looks like and you can tell me whether there is a white cloth on it or not." So his friend changed places with him and looked out the window. After a bit the friend said, "Oh, yes, I see the tree." The son asked asked, "Is there a white cloth tied to it?" For a moment the friend did not say anything. Then he turned, and in a very gentle voice said, "There is a white cloth tied to every limb of that tree!"

I feel that in a sense Jesus is the white cloth that our Heavenly Father tied on the tree (the cross) for  you and me. Telling you and me that yes, I have forgiven you, come on home, I love you.

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