His Ultimate Love
The essence of God’s nature is perfect love of His Son…and for you and I.
God demonstrated His love by sending His beloved Son, Jesus into this world. As Christ came to earth He brought a new meaning to the word love. Long ago, writers of the New Testament decided to use a Greek word for love, agape, that was seldom spoken or written to express what God had in mind in Christ. Jesus, was His perfect example of love and how He wanted Christians to relate to each other. Agape is described as a selfless, unconditional and self-sacrificing love for others. (1 John 3:16) “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” As we are examples of Christ, our love for others says; I respect you, I care for you, I am responsible for you.
When Jesus came it was not only to demonstrate love by His sacrifice on the cross but, to continually pour His love over your life! It is not by your goodness or you trying to always do the correct thing that He loves you. No, God knew you and me long before we ever knew Him. He loved us first! Read (John 17:21;) “We love Him because He first loved us.” So, since God loves us, we are to love others.
There is no other love that is as strong, or that can endure forever like God’s love. In (Romans 8:35-39) the apostle Paul said there is nothing, not even death, that has the power to separate us from this love of God, which is; Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul also stated to the Philippians in (Philippians 2:2-4) “Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also the interests of others.”
How will you express your love for others today?