Six More Years (1 John 4:19)

“We couldn’t help falling in love with her… the vet told us at the one month check up that she has a heart murmur. At the 1st year check up, she said it was serious, and with medication she may be able to live until 10 years. Then at the 2nd year check up, she said if we’re lucky 2 years. At the 3rd year check up, she said could die any day, but she lived another 2 1/2 years, so we just have to be thankful for that.”

My dear friends said farewell to their pet cat. They adopted the cat and her sister from the same litter when they were kittens. Shortly thereafter, they learned that she had a serious heart murmur that would progressively worsen. Undaunted, they committed to raising the kitten as part of their family. The quotation above and numerous photos on social media movingly conveyed their effusive love and warmth for their departed loved one. They willingly chose to care for her, allowing her to have nearly six more years of life that she would not have had if she had been left alone.

We love Him because He first loved us. 

1 John 4:19 (NKJV)

God’s love for us is no different. We are all sinners and separated from God, leading to our deaths. By our own efforts, we are helpless to save ourselves. God took the initiative because He first loved us. He sent His own Son to die for our sins. By the power of His resurrection, He conquered death and offers eternal life and salvation to all who confess and repent of their sins and place their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

My friend’s cat lived for nearly six years because she was adopted and cared for by a loving family. We are offered eternal life because God first loved us and adopted us to become His children. It is my sincerest prayer that everyone will receive God’s love, grace, and mercy by placing their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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