January 8 The Source of Lasting Love

Scripture reading: Luke 15:11–24

Key verse: Psalm 5:11

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

Let those also who love Your name

Be joyful in You.

When was the last time you heard the words I love you? Many have the opportunity to hear them every day. Countless others go weeks, even months, never hearing these words.

In The Friendship Factor, Alan Loy McGinnnis reports,

In 1925 a tiny sanitarium for mental patients was established on a farm outside Topeka, Kansas. At a time when the “rest cure” was in vogue in psychiatry, a team of physicians were determined to create a family atmosphere among their patients.

The nurses were given specific directions on how they were to behave toward specific patients: “Let him know that you value and like him.” “Be kind but firm with this woman—don’t let her become worse …”

Menninger Clinic, using such “revolutionary” methods, has become world famous. Karl Menninger, summing up, said: “Love is the medicine for the sickness of mankind. We can live if we have love.”

God told us from the very beginning that in love—His love—we find the answer to all our needs as well as healing for our broken souls.

When your heart is anchored to the heart of Jesus Christ, you will find Him near and always eager to confirm His personal love for you. The love of the world will pass away, but God’s love is guaranteed never to fade. He is the Source of all true, lasting love.

Dear God, I thank You that in Your love I find the answer to all my needs and healing for my broken soul.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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