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Because He Loves Us

Larry & Vonnie Pratt, Country Lovin' Ministries
I stood at the judge’s table at the fair, anxiously awaiting her thoughts on several of our sheep fleeces. “Beautiful handle, good length, great lustre,” she announced to the audience. “That’s a blue ribbon!” I was so happy to hear that many of our fleeces won her approval. Then came the last fleece… from our oldest ewe. 

“This… really doesn’t have the quality that we look for," she said.

She continued to tell me what was wrong with it, and then with narrowing eyes, asked, “Why do you have this sheep on your farm?” I was not prepared. “Well, she gives us good lambs.” I said.

The judge re-iterated the poor quality of the fleece and said again, “Why would you want this sheep?” As I attempted to give a weak answer, she said louder, with piercing eyes and a scowl, “Why do you keep this sheep?”

After a moment of silence, I said quietly, “Because I love her.” The judges’ face softened, and smiled as she said, “That’s right. That’s why we keep them.”

The enemy approached God one day and, as he looked at a particular human, he said, “Look at her. She’s unfaithful to you. Self-centered and unloving and…” The enemy continued to list her undesirable qualities. The enemy narrowed his eyes and with a sneer asked the Lord, “Why do you keep her?”

“Because I love her,” came the reply.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son…” 
- 1 John 4:10

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