God's Supreme Gift of Love

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
valentine-heart.gifA love expressed is a moment of great beauty and fragility. The giver’s heart hungrily awaits acceptance. They pore over the face of the loved, seeking approval or rejection. When their desires meet with the reality of reception, their heart fills with joy. The loved meets the lover in a place of bliss.
God’s passion is unmatched and his love, unparalleled. When it focuses on the hearts of men, it produces a moment of magnificent power. It appeared, in its crystalline beauty in the person of Christ, the “light of the world” (John 8:12, NKJV).
John wrote, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). A thought so profound could only be expressed in understated tones. Language would be imperfect to plumb its depths.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).
Christ is God’s gift of love, given to his children. We give tokens of our love but God gave the greatest gift imaginable. His gift brings peace, the remission of sins and a journey of inexhaustible majesty, after this life is over.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
The immense gift of God’s love comes with responsibility. We must accept the gift and yield completely to Christ (James 4:10), allow Christ to wash our sins away (1 John 1:7-9; Acts 22:16) and enter his body, the church (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).
When we leave the darkness of sin and walk in the light, we should share the love of God with all those whom we meet. Love solidifies the fellowship of the saints and reaches out to the lost of the world.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). To share the love of God is to consolidate all of God’s will into one act. Love is the summation of all that God desires of us.
The greatest commandment is to love God above all and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Every situation that comes before man exists in these two commands. Hence, love is the Christian walk embodied.
Since love can open doors to the gospel, we have a responsibility to spread it everywhere we go.

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