“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”
John 15:12-17 NKJV
Today is the day of love and chocolate. I read somewhere that billions are spent on consumables and perishable flowers, as people express their love for one another. The emphasis is on the gesture, and not love itself. Tomorrow, there will be the sugar crash, the hangover, wilted flowers, and life will go on.
There is another, deeper love, that transcends gestures, that holds the power to save souls from hell, and empower one to live holy. Not many of us are looking for that love, but it is the real love that is true. In an ideal world, we would be spending all that have for that real love.
In my life before Jesus, I was not a very loving human being. I cared little for others, and had little empathy. Salvation in Jesus opened my heart, transforming it from one of stone, to one of flesh. Today I have the love of God, and desire to share. God sent His Valentine to the world, as His Son Jesus came to earth, to demonsrate God’s great love for us, a world full of people caught up in the throes of sin.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
Unlike chocolate, the love of the cross of Christ endures, unlike flowers, it will not wilt. It is true love which builds up and restores.
Jesus commanded those who would come after Him to love one another. I have often said, that we who call upon the name of the Lord are being watched. We live in a world where few have known genuine love, and hunger for it. The lost world has searched far and wide for some approximation of love, but settled on lust.
We have been given true love, and we must show that love to each other, as we are witnesses to the glory of God in this fallen world. We have a love demonstrated by Jesus, who laid down His life for His friends. Through His great sacrifice, we too can be counted as friends. It is a sacrificial love, one that is given without bias or hypocrisy.
Brothers and sisters, it is good that we love one another. It is better that we love our enemies. One of the things that sets us apart from the world is the fruit of the Spirit. Love is the first one, and I have heard it said that all the others in the list are attributes of that.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Too often we demonstrate the antithesis of those attributes, as we resemble the prince of the world rather than the King of glory.
Let us go forth and serve the Lord and represent Him as we ought. The world is in need of love today. People around us are suffering, and no amount of chocolate and flowers will suffice to fill the void, or transform hearts. They need the Redeemer’s love.
My Redeemer’s love is deeper
Than the depths of sin and hell
He who was enthroned in glory
Came to bring us to Himself
My Redeemer’s love is wider
Than the breach my sins had made
He reached down into my darkness
He alone has pow’r to save
Deeper than the rolling seas
Higher than the mountain peaks
Your love is all I need
My Redeemer’s love is stronger
Than my fiercest enemies
He will hold me in the tempest
Through the flood He carries me
My Redeemer’s love will lead me
Through the deepest valley here
He will shepherd me and guide me
He will ever keep me near
-Jordan Kauflin- My Redeemer’s Love