by Jeff Strite

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Jeff Strite
Proverbs 6:16-19

A man was driving down a country road, and - off to the side of the road - he saw an old tumbledown barn. On the side of the barn- a young man had apparently painted this message: "I love you, Kathy." The man smiled as he drove on and thought about the beauty of those few simple words.
A few weeks later, he was driving down that same road and he looked in anticipation for that same romantic message. But to his disappointment - not only was the message gone - so was the barn. It seemed to sadden him somehow to have this statement of love torn down.
But then, he noticed - beside that field, on the back of a large road sign - were painted these words:
"Kathy, I still love you."

Whether the young man was making that statement for his wife or girlfriend, that simple declaration of love said it all.

APPLY: The Bible is a declaration of God's love for us. The repeated message of Scripture is that God loves us and cares for us. And it tells us all we need to know of God's affection for us.

1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us."
1 Peter 5:7 says: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
And of course, everybody's favorite verse is: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

ILLUS: During His ministry on earth, Jesus told a parable about how much God loved us. He told about a young man who demanded his inheritance and then - without so much as a goodbye or a "love you dad", he "...set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living." Luke 15:13
As long as he had money, he lived the high life and had all kinds of friends. But once the money was gone... so were his friends. Then, when all him money was gone, a famine struck the land, and without money or friends this boy had to find a job. But ...

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