Three weeks ago, I visited a woman from our church who was dying of cancer. We crowded into her bedroom—me, her daughter, her son, her son-in-law, and her two grandkids—and I wish you could have been there because there was so much love in that room. You could see how much she loved her family and how much they loved her right back. Even better, there was no doubt this family loved God, quoting promises from his Word and confessing with their lips that they worshiped Jesus Christ as the sin-erasing Lord and death-conquering Savior.
But the best part was hearing how much God loved them. The dying woman smiled and asked, “Pastor, why does God love us? I’m kind of a pain in the backside.” Yet, despite her amazement at grace, she knew all about Jesus’ unconditional love. Maybe that’s why her granddaughter suddenly burst out singing, “Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”
Yes, the Bible does. And, yes, Jesus loves you. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Praise God for being our unfailing source of unfailing love. And may that love compel us to fill more rooms and more families with so much love.