Our Perfect Example Of Love
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Exodus chapter 20 reveals the account of the children of Israel, asking that God should speak to them directly, instead of through Moses. But when God eventfully showed up at Mount Sinai, it burnt with flames. There was lightening and thundering and the children of Israel, terrified, drew backwards and cried to Moses saying: “…speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Exodus 20:19).
Now, in spite of all these terrifying acts that brought the fear of Jehovah into the hearts of the Israelites, they still broke His law, and didn’t obey His commandments. So God introduced a new principle; the love-principle. The Bible says He has commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, He sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8).
We weren’t the ones that called out to God to send Jesus to come die for us and save us from our sins. Our salvation was God’s idea; He was the One who reached out to us with the message of His love and reconciled us to Himself: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
In John 3:16, the Bible says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 15:13 also tells us:“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”This is exactly what God did for us by sending Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world.
So as a Christian, you’re greatly loved of God, and His love has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit who lives in you (Romans 5:5). That means you’ve become an ambassador of His love; you’re to love those around you with the same kind of love God demonstrated towards us. This kind of love goes beyond the barriers of every wrong; it’s unfeigned, unconditional and without limits.
Dear heavenly Father,
thank you for the love you demonstrated by sending Jesus as a propitiation of the sins of the whole world. This same love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, your love flows out freely and genuinely through me today, to my world,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 3:16; 1 John 4:10-13
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Act 25:13-26:1 Psalm 11-16
2 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 9:37-48; Joshua 14