UNCONDITIONAL LOVE© Rev. Al Clark - September 2003
Once again I have seen Godís unconditional love inaction. I was asked to preach a funeral of a young man only 40 yrs. of age. I did not have a close personal relationship with him but was a long time friend and pastor of his wife and her family. Blane was diagnosed with cancer only a short while ago and once diagnosed, he went down fast. He had lived a very rough life, never had much time for God or church. He was a very likable person and had many friends, one of which was Stanley. More about him a little later.
The Book of Genesis tells us that God made every provision for man. He created a beautiful garden to live in, every type of herb and vegetable, and animal we would ever need. He gave us the perfect life, everything that man would ever need was there, including perfect health. However, man chose to do things his way and sinned against God and everything changed. From that moment on man was plagued with all kinds of sickness, disease, trouble you can imagine. Man is still making wrong choices today and still having to reap the consequences. However, God loved us and knew that without help none of us would ever make it. So once again He initiated a plan for manís benefit. John 3:16 says that God sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. All we would have to do is to accept the sacrifice Christ made for us, repent of our sins, and follow Him and we would be able to live eternally with him. There goes that choice thing again! It seems that the choices we make determine the life we live and the life we live will determine the choices we make. However, we do not have to be bound to a life of wrong choices. God created within us a place that can only be filled with His presence. Nothing else will suffice and as long as His presence is not in our life, we will be more prone to make wrong choices.
Back to Blaneís friend, Stanley. Stanley told us that on the Tuesday before Blane passed away, that he went to visit him in the hospital. He said that as he entered the room and greeted Blane that he told him, ďNow Blane, you know what Iím going to ask you because I ask you the same thing every time I see you.Ē Blane shook his head and said, ďBut donít you think it might be too late?Ē Stanley told him it was never too late to make things right with the Lord as long as we had life in our body. He said that Blane poured out his heart to God and he saw the peace that can only come from God come over Blaneís body. That same day he told his aunt and his mother that he knew that everything was right with God in his life and that he was going soon to the same place his father was. (Heaven).
Isnít that the greatest thing youíve ever heard? God hadnít given up on him. Iím sure many people, even some of his own family may have said, thereís no hope for him, but God hadnít given up on him. He was still standing there with His arms outstretched waiting to welcome him back.
All the arrangements have been made. Jesus said in John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. KJV
It was true, Jesus came and Blane went with him to be forever in the home of He that
loved him the most. Though his family and friends will miss him they too have the same
opportunity to make the same choice he made. If they do, they too will join him in the home of
He that loves them most. Only GOD can love that much!