Mom shared a message on the love of God. She shared the story of Jonah and how when the people of Ninevah changed their ways, God spared them, because He loved them.
As a prelude to the message, we asked the children what their definition of love is.
A group of professionals asked some children from age four to eight, "What does love mean?" Here are some of the answers the children gave.
"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." -Kari, age 5
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." -Chrissy, age 6
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day." -Noelle, age 7
"Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken." -Elaine, age 5
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." -Mary Ann, age 4
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny – age 7
We talked about, just how great God’s love is and how we can measure it.
Sometimes we use a measuring cup to measure things. In cooking, we use a measuring cup to measure the quantity of ingredients. Can we use a measuring cup to measure God’s love? The Bible says, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….my cup runneth over." (Psalm 23:1, 5) Well, if our cup runs over with God’s love, I don’t think we could use a measuring cup to measure it.
If we were building something, we might use a tape measure to measure the length, width, and height of different things. Can we use a tape measure to measure God’s love? The Bible tells us that God’s love is higher than the heavens. (Psalm 108:4) If God’s love is higher than the heavens, I don’t think we could use a tape measure to measure it.
We use a watch to measure time. I wonder if we could use a watch to measure how long God’s love will last. The Bible tells us that God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting. (Psalm 103:17) Wow! If God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting, we can’t measure it with a watch.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." How do you measure a love like that? We can’t measure it — we don’t need to — but we do need to experience it.
After the service was over, Nahim, Golu and Kulbushan stayed on for tuition. The kids really seem to enjoy learning. It is kind of surprising. But, perhaps because we encourage them and help them realize that they are intelligent, they like to come. We all like to do things we are good at.
In the afternoon, as we were winding up tuition, a young woman showed up unannounced. Her name is Alka. She was referred to us by an elderly gentleman we had prayed for a few weeks earlier. She has job problems and wants to get married. She wanted Jesus do to a miracle for her, but made it clear that she did not want to know Jesus. We prayed with her.
On Monday aside from tuition, the day was relatively relaxing. We did not do much of anything. The little girl who has seizures called for prayer. Although we have asked them to call everyday, they seem to only call when the girl has a fit. I am a little confused with why people who are seeing the power of God are unwilling to take five minutes out of their day every day to receive a full miracle. It reminds me of the story of Naaman in the Bible. He was the army commander who went to the prophet to be healed of leprosy. When the prophet asked Naaman to dip seven times in the river Jordan, Naaman was offended. He was expecting Elisha to wave a magic wand and heal him or to give him a “spiritual” task to perform. But, dipping in a dirty little river? However, Naaman’s servant pointed out to Naaman that had the prophet asked Naaman to do something difficult, Naaman would have surely done it. But, since the prophet was only asking Naaman to dip seven times in the river Jordan , Naaman was refusing to perform the simple task. So, Naaman did as the prophet had instructed and when he rose from the water the seventh time, he was completely healed. Similarly, perhaps people don’t call for prayer because it is too easy?
On Tuesday, it was disappointing. We couldn’t go to Delhi to the slum or the Priya marketplace for prayer because of a torrential downpour. So, we sat at home. The children came for tuition. In the evening, Dr. Rupali brought her little son for prayer. He had been running a fever. She also testified of how the Lord healed her chronic back problem. She said medically her pain should not be gone, but a miracle cannot always be medically explained! We also prayed for a pulled muscle in Dr. Rupali’s back. She felt some difference, but it was not completely healed.
Scripture for the Day:
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5.