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â€œI will not forget you because I have inscribed you on the palms of My handsâ€(Isa 49:16 NIV)
At heart, people yearn to be accepted. Yet feelings of loneliness affect all types andÂ ages. Temporary though it is, isolation produces detrimental effects upon oneâ€™s mental and physical health. However, by peeking into the life of Rev. Dr. George Matheson, we discover a compelling â€˜story-songâ€™ of restoration and hope. Â
During his twentieth year Dr. Matheson became totally blind and never married. YearsÂ before, he was engaged until his financeâ€™ learned that he would become â€˜totally blindâ€™. Furthermore, his own sisterâ€™s marriage doubled the pain of Mathesonâ€™s intense loneliness. Yet, he looked heavenward and penned the meaningful hymn, â€˜O Love That Will NotÂ Let Me Goâ€™.
Perhaps we may ponder this glorious hymn. If so, we learn that pure love has as itsâ€™Â ultimate source God. In fact, love consists not in our loving God but in His initiative to love us. To the end that He sent His Son as payment for our wrongdoings. Additionally, the ultimate goal of Godâ€™s love is for sinners to accept Him and then display that same affection toward others.
In view of that, we realize a â€˜maturing loveâ€™ casts out and refuses to tolerate fear. By all means a fully developing love gives reassurance to a believer that he or she is right with God. To be exact, our love is a response to His love: â€˜God so loved the world includes allÂ people, not just believersâ€™.Â
â€œEven though weeping may endure through the night, joy comes with the morningâ€ (Psalm 30)
Â *Dear Father, grant us an inward affection that leads to self-giving. May we abound in mercy and forgiveness toward others and help us to experience Your boundless loveâ€™ Amen.Â
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