On Thursday, I had a sharing with a group of friends on the topic of “Remember To Forget”. It is the forth law of the 7 essential laws of spiritual success. They are very important rules of life that Christians should live their lives by.

In that discussion, when I was asked the question, “How much is your sense of the love of God”

At that instant of time, i was trying to find the 3rd stanza of this hymn. which reads

“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies 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 stretched from sky to sky.”

I was doing a bit of reading on cyber hymnal, and some of the Internet website. Apparently this stanza was taken from a Jewish poem known as “The Haddamut”. It is written by a Jewish man name Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, he was a synagogue singer (AKA Cantor) in Worms, Germany.

The writers of the hymn, Frederick M Lehman and his daughter Claudia L Mays found this poem pencilled on the wall of a patient room in a mental asylum. It was obviously written during the period when the patient is sane. They added the first 2 stanza and the chorus.

Sometimes we need to be constantly reminded of Gods love, as we tend to forget how much God loves us. There was a Christian that once exclaimed “We would probably have forgotten about Christ sacrifice if not for the holy communion.”

I am sure, for every Christian who is on earth, will know how unworthy we are of Gods love, and the greatest demonstration of the love of Christ is none other than what Paul said in the book of Romans.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Paul (Rom 5:6-8)

Let us hold on to that love, not allowing anything to separate us from the love of God just as Paul mention later in the book of Romans

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written:
” For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord ” – Paul (Rom 8:31-39)

The love of God is such that he send his only begotten son to the world, to die for our sins. (John 3:16). As partakers of this grace of God, let us learn no longer to live for ourselves, but let all of us learn to live for God

” For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. ” – Paul (2 Cor 5:14-15)

As we ponder over the love of God, let us keep these verses in our mind.

Title : The Love Of God
Lyrics : Frederick M Lehman
Music : (Arranged by Claudia L Mays)

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
(Refrain)

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race-
The saints’ and angels’ song.
(Refrain)

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies 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 stretched from sky to sky.
(Refrain)

Refrain:
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

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