My wife and I attended a wedding recently, and we both really liked how the pastor explained true love. Interestingly enough, the dictionary doesn't even have the definition of true love as one of the options under the word love. So the pastor offered up this definition in response to how God describes and demonstrates love.
Love is an action done on behalf of another.
We see the actions of God's love for us:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son... John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He [the Father] will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. John 14
So we reflect that same love back to God and to others:
This is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome... 1 John 5:3
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16
May God bless you and all those around you, as you read His word, remember His love for you, and share that love with those you know. You may also seek out new opportunities to share God's love. May you follow the Spirit's promptings, and find true joy, true peace, and true love in Him.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
Author: Philip Meinel
Discovering ever more depth, height, and breadth of love in the cross of Christ.
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