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!