No Greater Love

As I am sure you are all aware today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day a holiday that is very “love” focused. In fact, we place a great emphasis on love during this day every year. Many will write cards or send chocolates and flowers to those that we love and cherish, whether that is a spouse, a friend or a family member. Regardless of how you celebrate (if you celebrate at all) you cannot deny that our world during this day is very focused on the idea of love. While all the love that we see shown here on this day is wonderful, it doesn’t compare at all to the love shown by God.

The inspired writer John wrote these words concerning God’s love in his gospel account: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, emp. added). This verse tells us of the greatest act of love that the world has ever seen. God loved each and every one of us so much that he allowed His Son to be beaten, bloodied, and crucified so that we may have eternal life with Him someday. This act was one of selflessness. I truly believe that love is “wanting what is best for other people.” And we see that definition of love come to life in this selfless action of God. This act of giving up His Son was a true showing of love.

There is much we can learn from God’s action here in John 3:16. This act of love is one that can never be repaid by us no matter how hard we may try. That does not mean that we shouldn’t try though. We need to remember what God did for us through His son and act in a similar way. We, as Christians, must start showing others examples of this love not just today but every day! If you see an opportunity to be loving to someone (doing something for them such as writing a card, sending a text/call, taking some time to talk with them) take it. While many in our culture see today as being the day to show love, let us as Christians be a constant reminder that every day is a day to show love because our God loves us. So much so that He gave us His “beloved Son” so that we can have eternal life with Him.

-Jack D.

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