Love. (Part 1)
John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John Maxwell writes, “Love is the highest quality that enables us to sacrificially give to other.”
Love is sacrifice. I am sure that some of you have John 3:16 committed to memory and at this point are probably desensetized to the message. Humor me and read it like it’s the first time. There is so much power and understanding about love in that one single verse. God gave His one and only son to die for our sins. And above all else, He did it because He loves us. It is the greatest act of sacrificial love in history.
Love is something that I have learned about the hard way. It is something that I took for granted. I have always been surrounded by love and for the most part took advantage of it. I did not truly understand how sacrificial love should be. I heard John 3:16 numerous times and was very aware of the words, but never the meaning. Read that verse several times. He gave His only son. The only one. And not for a great cause either. Jesus died for you and me. Sinners. People that will always run from His face. What kind of love must that be? For right now don’t be like me and get demoralized or intimidated by how great God’s love for us is. Before we can even dream of recipricating it or giving it to others, we have to understand it and accept it for ourselves.
There are two more devotions before Easter and I want to make sure that the topic of “love” gets the time it needs. For the next couple of days think about what love means to you. What does it look like? Assess your own love. For yourself and for others. If it’s lacking, try and find out why. Really take a deep look inside and understand love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 gives us everything we need. Love, at the core, is a very simple concept. But we have to understand it first.
Like I said, take some time to reflect on love. I will list some things that come to my mind about love to get us started and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. If writing it on here is uncomfortble, write it down somewhere else. But write it down.
Love is scary. Love is vulnerability. Love is uncertain. Love is beautiful. Love is for everyone.
Verses for reflection:
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in love.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”