“Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
us.” Romans 5:28

We are the recipients of the greatest
expression of love ever given. We did nothing to
merit it nor are we worthy in any way of such a gift.
Charles Wesley wrote these words back in the
1700’s – “Amazing Love! How can it be that thou
my God, should’st die for me?”

It is the greatest news story of all time.
History is full of tragedies and calamities but the
gospel is good news. The suffering and bloody
torture of Jesus Christ was for us. It was God’s way
of demonstrating how much He loved us. This
news needs to be heard more than other stories of
war, crime and politics.

This story of God’s love is the greatest
encouragement ever shown to a guilty sinner. We
like Barabbas, are set free, not because we were
found to be innocent, but because God’s love for us
found a way to pay for our crimes (He took our
place). We were all under God’s holy, impending
wrath. What a wonderful relief it is to be forgiven!
We were lost and without hope prior to God’s
loving intervention. Ephesians 2:4 puts it this way.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us.” We truly have been
delivered from the dungeon of despair.

Now after we have received this wonderful
love from God it continues to have a great effect
upon us. II Corinthians 5:14 says “For the love of
Christ constraineth us”. This love binds us, holds
us in its grasp, captivates us, and gives us a desire
to live for Him. We are overwhelmed with
gratitude and appreciation.

His love moves us to love others and live differently.
His love changes the way we act and think. His love
gives birth to our love for Him. I John 4:19 states
“we love him, because he first loved us.”

We that have received God’s love feel and
sense His loving arms around us. We know His
everlasting arms hold us up. We are not afraid of
storms that may arise. We hear the voice of the
Psalmist. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and
under his wings shalt thou trust” Psalm 91 :4.

God’s love is not regulated to one month out
of the year. In Jeremiah 31:3 God says “Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love”. His love is not
fickle or changing like that of humans. His love is
steady, faithful and true. His love can be trusted and
relied upon. We should be glad He did not send us a
box of chocolates shaped like a heart. What He sent
us was what we needed most, a sinless Savior willing
to suffer, bleed, and die.

Our world’s definition of love is usually very
shallow. Often times it calls lust love or love is little
more than a fuzzy warm feeling. People say “I love
you” but it is little more than words used to get what
they want at the moment. All of our love for others, if
measured by the love of God, would be found
wanting.

See You In Church,
Pastor