The greatest story of love is the story of Jesus Christ. God showed his loved for man from the beginning of the Bible. God promised a redeemer who would come to earth to save mankind. The sacrifices of the Old Testament were to point people to the ultimate sacrifice-Jesus Christ. While man has sinned, he can be made righteous in God’s sight through a substitutionary sacrifice on his behalf. This sacrifice was Jesus on the cross.
Jesus’ death on the cross in the place of sinners guarantees the salvation of those who come to him seeking forgiveness for their sins. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul the Apostle wrote the virtues of Christian love found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”.
Dear God, Thank you that you are a loving, gracious God. Thank you that you’ve offered us forgiveness and the gift of new life in you. Thank you that your love is perfect, it never fails, and that nothing can separate us from your love. We pray that our lives would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so we can make a difference in this world and bring honor to You. We pray in this life to simply to love you and to choose to love others. Thank you that you equip us to face each day with the power of your love, your forgiveness, and your grace.
We love you Lord. Amen.