Thursday, February 14, 2008

...But the greatest of these is love.

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

We quote it when sharing the gospel. We teach it to the little ones in Sunday School. According to it’s the most commonly referenced Bible verse on the internet. Go to any sporting event and you’ll see it on a sign. Even people who don’t read the Bible can often recite it, usually in King James- For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son

It’s such a commonly used verse that I wonder if we forget the power of it? When was the last time you really meditated on it? I confess that I sometimes brush it off as being overused. I would rather ponder trivial questions like “What was up with the Nephilim?” or “Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?”

But there’s a reason why it’s quoted so often. It’s all there, the whole gospel in one verse- God loves us; we would perish without Him; He sent His Son to save us.

He loved us enough to make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf- to ensure that we can be in relationship with Him forever. He loved us then and He loves us today. His love for us is past, present, and future- so much love that he sent Jesus to die for you and for me.

There’s nothing trivial about it, it’s revolutionary. Ponder that today. Then think about what you can do to pass that love on...

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