William Gladstone, in announcing the death of Princess Alice to the House of Commons, told a touching story. The little daughter of the Princess was seriously ill with diphtheria. The doctors told the princess not to kiss her little daughter and endanger her life by breathing the child's breath.
Once when the child was struggling to breathe, the mother, forgetting herself entirely, took the little one into her arms to keep her from choking to death. Rasping and struggling for her life, the child said,
"Momma, kiss me!" Without thinking of herself the mother tenderly kissed her daughter.
She got diphtheria and some days thereafter she went to be forever with the Lord. Real love forgets self. Real love knows no danger. Real love doesn't count the cost.
The Bible says, "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."
But, as a mother, I can tell you that kissing that loveable little innocent baby is so easy!
God did something for us that was even more incredible. He loved us when we were UNloveable!
When we were sinful, and full of pride--He loved us, and showed it by giving us His precious and only Son.
He kissed us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It was an incredible gift, but, we each must accept it and make it our own.
Thank you God for loving me!
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.