In today’s message I am dealing with Love with a capital L. It’s not about the Valentine’s Day kind of love but the love behind Easter. There is no greater love than the Father’s love for us and He demonstrated His love through the greatest sacrifice of all. In John 3:16, we find the most beautiful declaration of love: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believesin him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God sacrificed His only child so we could have eternal life. Who does that? There are a few lessons we can learn from this. First we see that God loves us so so so much. This is a love we can never completely comprehend. He doesn’t love like the world. His love is way higher. It’s at a totally different level. Today, Easter Sunday is a good day to ponder this truth. God loves you so much. He doesn’t hate you. He is not mad at you. He loves you so much. His love is permanent and constant. We are loved by the creator of the universe. Yay!!! This gives us something to celebrate every day. In Psalm 118, David emphasizes how much God loves us. He writes “His love endures forever” five times. This is coming from a person who knew God very well. We can rest assured that God’s love will never change. People will change, the world will change but God’s love will endure forever. Amen!Another lesson we can glean from this verse is that love implies giving. God gave His son because He loved us. He also gave us His love and it is in us so we in turn, can give it to others. God’s love is like a positive virus. It’s the only virus of its kind. It is contagious but instead of spreading disease, it spreads hope. Once you get the God love bug, you will never be the same. You will become a perpetrator of love. It will multiply through you. God started it and it continues with you. Keep contaminating people. Don’t let the love bug stop with you. Show love unconditionally even when you don’t feel too loving. Don’t starve the love. It needs to be fed by being expressed or it will be repressed.
We can’t talk about love without mentioning chapter 13 the love chapter in the book of Corinthians. Now let’s connect verse 4 from chapter 13 from 1 Corinthians with the fact that Jesus is the personification of love and we are representatives of Jesus so we also personify love. We can replace the word “love” with “I” since we represent love. This verse can be read as follows; “I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.” My message to you today is to keep Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross alive and to duplicate the love of the Father. Let’s be love-minded every day. Easter is only one day a year but its significance has amazing effects that last all year long. The cross is a symbol of love and the perfect sacrifice. Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever and His love endures forever!
Suggested reading: Psalm 118; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 4:9-11