As I was preparing for my day, a thought crossed my mind. What is love? And the scriptures that came to mind were John 3:16 and John 15:13. Webster defines love as strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. maternal love for a child. Then I began pondering whether have we as a society, even though we know the definition of love, allowed the cares of this world to negate its truth in our hearts…to where it’s been demoted to a perverted symbolic trinket that is so precariously used among men?

The more I meditated on the word love I found that it is a choice. What do I mean by that? John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This, to me, is the purest love one can find. He did not offer His only begotten Son because we had the most expensive materialisms, did religious calisthenics, put the most money in the offering plate, or shouted the loudest in Sunday service. No, in His infinite mercy He chose to do it because He loved His creation and wanted us to believe in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the ultimate price for mankind’s redemption. The one road that leads to eternity. You see, God does not desire for us to lift our eyes in Hell, but to come in repentance to the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

…He chose in the Garden of Gethsemane to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Jesus says “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:12-13 NKJV) Here Jesus is prophesying about his mission regarding the Passion. (Luke 22:41-44 NKJV) After all the good He’d done in the world He chose in the Garden of Gethsemane to make the ultimate sacrifice. He chose to lay down His life as a ransom for many who were not yet born, many who were in the throes of sin—many who did not even know Him. That is pure, unadulterated love. Agape love.

Love Is…Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40 NKJV)

Love never fails.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

This is what real love is beloved. And we truly need to take these matters to heart.

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Have a phenomenal week….Blessings and Peace!

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