THERE'S NONE GREATER (A Valentine to My Unsaved Loved One)
by Laurel J. Davis
(Please pray for the Dillard/Solomon/Seiffert/Oubre family)
Did you know, unsaved love one, that I pray for you all the time? I even got other people praying for you—people who don’t even know you. But they pray for you anyway because they know I love you, and they know God loves you. That’s the way the love of God is: powerful, transcendent, and true enough to move the hearts of complete strangers on your behalf. True love comes from God—who is, indeed, very Love itself (1 Jn 4:7-8).
What do I pray for you about, loved one? Always first, for your salvation. And if you have any other needs in your life, I usually pray for God to answer them only if it will bring you to Him. You see, nothing in life is more important than your eternal destiny.
Your eternal salvation is most important of all because, loved one, nothing else in your life will last as long. Shouldn’t it be obvious? Your eternity is forever . . . and you have no idea when it’s going to start for you.
Over the years I’ve shared with you, in one way or another, that you have more reason to believe in a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, than to believe in oblivion or reincarnation or whatever other false hope you’ve clung to in order to avoid thinking about your own mortality. But once you do die, there will be no “second chance” then, because a loving God has been giving you plenty of second chances your whole life.
And He still is, with each precious passing moment until you breathe your last breath. I pray that, before it's too late, you become as sure and ready about your own eternity as I am about mine.
You see, loved one, I know about that nagging emptiness deep down inside that demands attention no matter how much you try to avoid or deny it. I used to have it, that often subtle but relentless sense of doubt and fear about “Is this life it?” that I tried to quiet down and replace with everything but the truth.
But I finally surrendered to the only One with enough true Love to answer the doubts and remove the fears forever: Jesus Christ, Love incarnate (1 Jn 4:18).
He loves you, too. How can I be so sure? For “herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10). I pray, loved one, that you will know, on this side of eternity, that dying for someone else is the greatest love anyone can show (Jn 15:13). I pray, loved one, that you will know, on this side of eternity, that Jesus Christ died for you and that, because He also raised Himself from the dead, He is your loving God, His love is true, and there’s none greater.
Oh, unsaved loved one! There is so much I want to pour out to you, to change your mind about, to comfort you with, because of my own great love for you! I love you so much, I feel like grabbing you by the collar and shaking the love of God into you until the blinders come off, the emptiness and fear are gone, and your very soul is set free forever!
God has a better way, of course, because even if I died for you, my love can’t get you into heaven. It’s Jesus Christ’s love, not mine, that you really need. There’s none greater.