Words Of Truth - January 20, 2011

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Friday, January 19, 2011

"A Greater Love"

A Greater Love
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
I John 4:16,17

     On May 2, 1962, a dramatic advertisement appeared in the San Francisco Examiner: "I don't want my husband to die in the gas chamber for a crime he did not commit. I will therefore offer my services for 10 years as a cook, maid, or housekeeper to any leading attorney who will defend him and bring about his vindication."
     One of San Francisco's greatest attorneys, Vincent Hallinan, read or heard about the ad and contacted Gladys Kidd, who had placed it. Her husband, Robert Lee Kidd, was about to be tried for the slaying of an elderly antique dealer. Kidd's fingerprints had been found on a bloodstained ornate sword in the victim's shop. During the trial, Hallinan proved that the antique dealer had not been killed by the sword, and that Kidd's fingerprints and blood on the sword got there because Kidd had once toyed with it while playfully dueling with a friend when they were both out shopping. The jury, after 11 hours, found Kidd to be not guilty. Attorney Hallinan refused Gladys Kidd's offer of 10 years' servitude.
     What Gladys Kidd did for her husband is a true lesson in love. Her willingness to give years of her life for her husband is a heart-stirring act of love. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Remember, that when Jesus referred to us as friends, we were yet sinners. He did something more than Gladys Kidd did in that He loved the unlovable. I can understand Gladys Kidd going to that length to save her beloved, but for Christ to go to the extremes of death on Calvary for me a sinner is beyond my understanding. He gave His life for the ungodly and guilty so that we could have life more abundantly!
     Now that I have been saved, the love of God dwells in me. As He loves, I love “because as He is, so are we in this world.” Oh, how we need to get this love for poor, hell-bound sinners and give ourselves to reach them as He did for us. God, help us to get the burden for souls eternally lost. Gladys Kidd was so horrified for the fate that awaited her husband that she offered herself for his release. May we, who have the greater love of God in our hearts, give ourselves for the eternal salvation of others. What would you be willing to lose, or give, or do to rescue one soul from the eternal horrors of hell?

Study verses:  Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:14,15; John 3:16-19; Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 9:1-3

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Previous devotions

"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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