Love Sermon Illustrations

Love Sermon Illustrations

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During the Civil War, Charles Sumner, commenting on the assault made on him by Preston S. Brooks in the Senate in 1851, said, "When I was assaulted in the Senate chamber in 1851, no one thought I would live. In the weary months of illness that followed, my thoughts were much on my unfinished fight against slavery. But in the midnight watches, my keenest heart-gnawing regret was that, if I were called away, I never had enjoyed the choicest experience of life, that no lips responsive to my own had said, I love you."

In his tale Mare Nostrum the Spanish novelist Ibanez makes the action center about an unworthy woman whose better nature has been aroused by the affection of her lover. She shows the awakening of her better self by an endeavor to avoid him and to persuade him to set his affections upon one more worthy. So the mistress of this world has, as it were, moments of compunction and conscience, when she repels men from her embrace and tells them to set their affections higher—to seek first the Kingdom of God. This is a truth, beautifully stated in the First Epistle of John (2:15, 17), and also echoed and confirmed in the experience of mankind: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. . . . The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

God's Love

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
Were the whole sky of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretch'd from sky to sky.—Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai (Adapted Modern Version)

(John 3. 16; Tit. 3. 4)

A preacher went one day, 'tis said,
To see a neighbour's vane;
Beneath the weathercock he read
A motto clear and plain—
Writ just above was 'God is Love.'
Said he unto his friend,
'How reads this sign?
Can Love divine
Like changing weather, wet or fine,
On varying winds depend?'

'Not so', quote he. This outward form
The Gospel shall proclaim;
In days of calm or days of storm,
God's Love is still the same;
Nor has it ceased though winds blow East;
Wherever we may rove,
Should winds blow North, South, East, or West,
Love always gives the very best,
And God is always Love.'—Phyllis Skene

(1 John 3. 1; 4. 8)

Love has a hem to its garment
That touches the very dust;
It can reach the stains of the streets and lanes,
And because it can, it must.

(Tit. 3. 3-5)

John 3. 16:

For God so loved the world'—Heaven's brightest beam.

`That He gave His only-begotten Son'—Earth's greatest theme.

`That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish'—God's simplest scheme.

`But have everlasting Life'—Life's purest stream.

Dr. Jewett writes on this verse, John 3. 16:

`The biggest thing with which the mind can cope is the infinite love of God. All the explorations of eternity will never reach a limit in its unsearchable wealth. The biggest thing you and I will ever know is the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

`A diamond is "of the first water" when it is without flaw or taint of any kind. Love can be degraded by the taint of jealousy: it can be debased by the taint of envy: it can be vulgarized by a strain of carnal passion.

`The test of purity is the Revelation of the Love of God. Its brilliance is its holiness. "God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all". There is nothing shady, nothing questionable, nothing compromising in God's love. Its brilliance is "of the first water". The dazzling whiteness of eternal Light and eternal Love is God's holiness.

`Sunbeams can move among sewage and catch no defilement. The holy love of God ministers in the deepest depths of the human mind, is deeper than sorrow, deeper than 'death, deeper than sin.

"God's love imparts its own loveliness until one day we shall be altogether lovely.'

(John 3. 16; 1 John 3. 1, 16)

During the time that Handley Moule was Bishop of Durham, a very serious colliery disaster took place, and the man of God, Bible in hand, went to the pithead to endeavour to comfort the sorrowing wives, mothers and sisters, and other relatives who, gathered there, were weeping and mourning the loss of their loved ones. Almost at a loss for words to express his deep sorrow and sympathy in such tragic circumstances, he opened his Bible, and the bookmark fell out. As he picked it up, the Holy Spirit gave him the message for those passing through deep sorrow. On it was worked in silken threads the text 'GOD IS LOVE'. On one side the words stood out lovely and clear, but the other side showed a mass of tangled threads. Holding up the wrong side, with the tangled threads first, he showed it to the weeping relatives and said, 'This disaster, with the sorrow and loss it brings you, is like these tangled threads. It is unintelligible to you: you cannot understand it. But look,' he said, turning the other side so that all could see, 'like everything in our lives that we cannot understand, it tells that "God is Love".'

(Rom. 8. 28, 38, 39; 1 John 4. 8)

Love ever gives, forgives, outlives;
And ever stands with open hands;
And while it lives, it gives,
For this is love's prerogative
To give, and give, and give.

(John 3. 16; 2 Cor. 9. 15)

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