What Love Is

FAITH AND LOVE FRIDAY

 

Our church always has copies of Our Daily Bread laying out on a wooden table in the foyer. I always like to grab you and keep it in my purse, that way whenever I get into the car, I can stash it in the middle console or the side pocket of my driver side door. As I was flipping through it today, I came across a daily devotional written by Bill Crowder, entitled, “What Love Is.” The words really touched my heart and I felt like I needed to share it.

WHAT LOVE IS

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“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“Years ago I asked a young man who was engaged to be married, “How do you know that you love her?” It was a loaded question, intended to help him look at his heart’s motives for the upcoming marriage. After several thoughtful moments, he responded, “I know I love her because I want to spend the rest of my life making her happy.”

We discussed what that meant-and the price tag attached to the selflessness of constantly seeking the best for the other person, rather than putting ourselves first. Real love has a lot to do with sacrifice.

That idea is in line with the wisdom of the Bible. In the Scriptures there are several Greek words for love but the highest form is agape love-love that is defined and driven by self sacrifice. Nowhere is this more true than in the love of our heavenly Father has shown us in Christ, We are deeply  valued by Him. Paul stated, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

If sacrifice is the true measure of love, there could be no more precious gift than Jesus: “For God so loved the world, he gave His one and only son” (John 3:16)

The measure of love is what you are willing to give up for it.

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