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 does not count the cost. The Bible says, “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”
The Lord Jesus call us to a “New Commandment, to love one another as I have loved you.” This is the kind of love that forgets itself and loves as Jesus loves us. Jesus, saw us in our worst sinful condition and left His thrown and came down to us and kissed our sinful life to give us life! To have this love is to have the ability to love as Jesus did, forgetting Himself and dying for us. Oh, that we could see the power that we have to love one another as Jesus has loved us!