I just received this e-mail from a friend…
I’ve seen it before…
I don’t know who wrote it…
But it’s worth re-reading!
Let it sink in…
“There’s No Charge For Love!”
Jesus already paid the price…
And Jesus Understands!
Point everyone to Him!
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups
and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard.
As he was driving the last nail into the post,
he felt a tug on his overalls.
He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Mister,” he said,
“I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer,
as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck,
“These puppies come from fine parents
and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for moment.
Then reaching deep into his pocket,
he pulled out a handful of change
and held it up to the farmer.
“I’ve got thirty-nine cents.
Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer.
And with that he let out a whistle.
“Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse
and down the ramp ran Dolly
followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence.
His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence,
the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared,
this one noticeably smaller.
Down the ramp it slid.
Then in a somewhat awkward manner,
the little pup began hobbling toward the others,
doing its best to catch up…
“I want that one,”
the little boy said,
pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,
“Son, you don’t want that puppy.
He will never be able to run and play with you
like these other dogs would.”
With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence,
and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so, he revealed a steel brace
running down both sides of his leg
attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
“You see sir,
I don’t run too well myself,
and he will need someone who understands.”
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down
and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully,
he handed it to the little boy.
“How much?” asked the little boy…
“No charge,” answered the farmer,
“There’s no charge for love.”
“But God shows his love for us
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 ESV
“For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are,
yet without sin.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy
and find grace
to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV
Our salvation cost Christ a great deal…
But when Jesus saw us,
His eyes danced with delight!
Others may have said, “You don’t want that one!”
But, as Jesus looked at the runts we all are…
With complete love,
“Yes, I want that one!
I understand and sympathize with their weaknesses…
I know they can never afford to repay,
But, there’s never, ever…
A Charge for My Love!”