Though Valentine’s Day is past, I couldn’t spend only one week on this wonderful song about love. The phrase, “love of every love the best,” just needed its day in the sun! To me it’s a beautiful, profound, tear-inducing piece of writing. But even it can’t compare to a verse penned by the Apostle Paul to the Romans, which tells us how powerful — and tenacious — the love of Jesus is.
Paul writes, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38, 39 NASB)
And not only is this love of God powerful and tenacious, it’s intimate. In my last post, I mentioned that Jesus is the shepherd who takes tender care of His sheep in John chapter 10. One of the things I like about this word-picture is the day after day, hour after hour time the shepherd spends with the sheep. He wants to be with them — He wants to be with us. And not just in this lifetime, but in the next as well. He tells His disciples in John chapter 14, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
That where I am, there you may be also. What a precious statement, made by Jesus Himself. As followers of His, we look forward to an eternal life of joy, with no more death, pain or tears in it. But heaven holds something else for us: love. Such love as we can’t possibly comprehend is waiting for us there, in the form of our Savior’s open arms.
Love of Every Love the Best
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 heav’n of heav’ns to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee.
Samuel Trevor Francis