God’s divine love excels all other forms

By Lucy N. Adams | Jun 21, 2013
Lucy Adams and her husband Woody Adams are pictured on their wedding day on June 10, 1955 at the Lake Junaluska Chapel.

Let’s not underestimate the power of love in our human relationships, whether marriage, family or friendships. And June is definitely the joyful month for weddings.

This is why we often use the term “June bride” to fit the celebration. The joining of a man and woman in holy matrimony is part of God’s precious plan for love and marriage.

When I was 19, my most perfect boyfriend of all times, Woody Adams, asked me to marry him and it was almost “love at first sight” for both of us. We had just begun to date here in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina while we were teenage hotel workers at Lake Junaluska.

Two years later, on June 10, 1955, the Chapel was the perfect place where his father, a minister, married us. What a perfect day of remembrance, even though it rained that Friday afternoon.  It was not raining in our hearts, however, as we promised to love and to cherish ‘til death do us part. After 58 years we continue that precious promise.

There is a divine love that God has for us, however, that far excels all other forms of love.  A great hymn, written in 1747, feeds our hungry spirit with assurance that His love never changes or ends. Christians can all walk triumphantly toward the heavenly home as we sing:

“ Love  divine all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down.  Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, all Thy faithful mercies crown.”

The composer, Charles Wesley, born in England, (1707-1788) is the brother of John Wesley who is the founder of Methodism. We are blessed with their great preaching and teaching.  But where would we be without the glorious music straight from the heart of God that flowed so easily from Charles?  He wrote over 6500 hymns.

It is written that he never lacked for inspiration to record his thoughts on paper, because they would come so quickly.

Even while he was riding from town to town on horseback to share the Gospel message, he often wrote a new poem. At times, the music in his head and heart, created a beautiful new hymn.

Christians have different interpretations of Scripture and doctrines, but everyone agrees about the desire for God’s love. It is so great that He sent His only Son into the world so that we would have life – real life.  (John 3:16).

Yes, Jesus showed us that perfect love while on earth. Then, after His crucifixion and resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit to continue to fill us with love and power to live the life God has planned for us.

As we sing this great hymn, let us also feast on the eternal truths in the Bible. A favorite is:   “This is how God showed His love among us.

He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” (I John 4:9). There is no greater love than this!

Comments (4)
Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 07, 2013 11:42

       While I admire your spunky enthusiasm, I don't believe any "God" had anything whatsoever with Jesus of Nazareth's life. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Thankfully I am not alone. George Washington, James Madison, etc agreed by the passage of Thomas Jefferson's Act For Establishing Religious Freedom:"Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, only tend to begit habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author(not Jesus, see page 58 of Jefferson's Autobiography) of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do;...."

          The above Founding Principle of "Free Will" verses subjugation allows everyone the unfettered ability to have whatever relationship they choose with whatever God they choose, if they so choose.

          If you care to, read the Bill of Rights. Think about what it accomplishes as a whole in regards to the life of Jesus and many others who wrongfully suffered for their opinion.

           John Wesley asked James Madison for advice on several occaissions. A article on their correspondence would be enlightoning.

           My mother's mother played canasta with Ruth Rhodeheaver Thomas. She was Homer Rhodeheaver's sister. She insisted that in order to play cards the ladies must give three examples of good deeds they had done since the last game. She advised the girls to "question everything". She didn't like nor trust billy graham, whose "organization was eventually run out of Winona Lake after more than just a few inappropriate actions such as forcing people out of their homes, not paying bills, commandeering the streets/town for their use, requiring "virginity tests" for girls attending seminars whereby members of the "organization" insisted on being present, etc, accosting a black family attempting to enter the Billy Sunday Tabernacle on Sunday while graham was preaching, etc, etc. All the above was reported on by Warsaw Times-Union and/or Fort Wayne paper and/or national news. A big kicker was that graham had a long standing contract with Rhodeheaver Publishing, etc to use the Rhodeheaver radio station, whereby he continually told listoners that if you "watched television you were going straight to Hell", but then one Sunday there he was on a South Bend station on the tv. Not only was he in violation of the contract he made,but! he didn't bother to change his tune, and once again told watchers that "if you are watching this, you are going straight to Hell"(I saw it). Didn't make the tv station owners, who I believe were Noter Dame(Sp) happy either.  Yes this would also make for quite the story. But beware. The graham "organization" quite zealously protects their own.

           I personnaly experienced being stopped by Winona Lake police at the DQ on Winona Avenue which was the border between Warsaw & Winona, being asked what my & my friend's purpouse was for entering Winona lake-we were going to see our cross country coach, having the police use the telephone on the border to call said coach, and then escorting us to his house. And! Waiting in his drive while we "visited". Followed us out of town. Just a little unnerving. A friend of mine was involved in the "virginity test" lawsuit against the billy graham organization. It was a class-action type of suit brought by a number of parents on behalf of their juvinile daughters. It was settled out of court whereby a gag-order was imposed. The possibility of "virgin testing" was also reported on. The black couple pressed charges & confronted graham on national tv. one morning while he was being interviewed about his racist comments as picked-up by the Nixon tapes. Charges went nowhere.


           I do appreciate your embrace of a God of love. OUR Founders embraced such a Deity. Revolted against the tyrranny of fundamentalist judgementalism and the subsequent subversion that follows.

             Chuck Z.

Posted by: Jonathan Key | Aug 08, 2013 11:36

The passage of an Act Establishing Religious Freedom follows the Christian principle that God wants us to love him and his son Jesus by choice, not coercion. A quote in the book "Scientific Facts about the Bible" clearly shows what George Washington believed when he said,"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God or the Bible. It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of the Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor. Direct my thoughts, words and work. wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit... Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy son Jesus Christ." George Washington. Also in the book Thomas Jefferson shows his belief in bible by his quote, " I have always said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume [the Bible] will make us better citizens, better fathers and better husbands.

Jonathan K.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 10, 2013 08:45

    Jonathan K;

    No offense but no. Jefferson's Act clearly established the Founding Principle of  the Deistic notion of Free Will and an "Almighty God" that chose not to intervene in any way shape or form whatsoever and that any interfereance from mankind was therefore not just unwarrented but "begits habits of meanness and hypocrisy". There was an attempt to replace "Almighty God" from the phrase "author of our religion", but that was rejected in favor of "Almighty God". Jefferson wrote about it on page 58 of his Autobiography. Read it for yourself. It is one of the most important Founding Documents.

         The quote from Washington is bogus. Like Jefferson and many of the Founders/prople, he was a Deist(according to his preacher) that refused to participate in communion nor have a preit present when he died. There are several sites that document what Washington suppossedly said verses what he is accussed of saying. This is one:http://fakehistory.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/fake-quotations-washington-and-governing-without-god/


    Chuck. Z.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 10, 2013 09:23

      Johnathan K;

       Also the quote you reffereance from Jefferson is bogus:http://fakehistory.wordpress.com/quotation-index/

      Jefferson was not just a Deist but also, like Washington, and many others embraced the "self-evident truth" of the Unitarian opinion of Jesus the man. Like Franklin, Jefferson was quite well aquainted with Joseph Preistly who was not only a scienist who co-discovered oxygen, but was the third person present when Franklin discovered electricity. Most public schoolbooks list that third person as "unknown", which is not true. Preistly was a renouwned(sp) proponet of the Unitarian opinion. When Jefferson chose to edit the bible he initially chose Preistly as his editor. When Preistly died John Adams wrote to Jefferson to advise him his work was too important to end & he would take Preistly"s place. This is why Jefferson and Adams became friends again, which my public school books completely ignore and claim the reason for their renewed friendship was "unknown". Letters between them are easily found.

         Jefferson spent 30 years editing the bible. He even learned the original dialect much of it was written in. Jefferson's "bible" is still in print. It has a forward from former N.C. Congressman's son about how his father converted to the Unitarian opinion and converted himself.  "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" is quite enlightoning. Using the notion of "seperating the diamonds from the dung", Jefferson cut the trinity, virgin birth, miracles, etc, etc, to obtain Jesus true phylosophy.

         OUR Bill of Rights was created to equally protect the Natural rights of "all persons" to prevent any such thing such as crusifiction or trial by fire or as what happenned to Jesus or anyone else ever again.

         False quotes are easily found out by a simple search of the quote itself.  Don't be fooled by someone with an agenda.


          Chuck Z.



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