God’s Great Love


 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…”– Ephesians 2:4 


One of the greatest joys in life is discovering the greatness of God and how much he loves me. Through trials and difficulties God has been faithful to me time and again, and He has shown his love towards me by saving me from my worst circumstances. In the letter to the church at Ephesus Paul deals with several things but stresses the point of God’s love. Jesus in the letter to the same church in Revelation 2 chastised them for “leaving their first love”. Defining God’s love appropriately will help us to love people appropriately.


There are varying definitions of love today. Some would say that love is the partnership between people who care for each other immensely, others would say that love is a farce and that true love doesn’t actually exist. According to John, “God is Love”. If God is love, literally part of his makeup which cannot be separated from him, and God has always been, then love has always been. The greatest definition of love will not be found in a dictionary, but in a picture. We find the greatest picture of love given to us from Paul when he wrote, “…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus on the cross of Calvary, bleeding and dying to satisfy the debt of my soul, is the greatest image of love that has, or will ever be. If Jesus on Calvary is the starting point for defining love, then what does that say about how we love one another?


Jesus said that people will know his true disciples because they love one another. If we understand Christ’s love to be a pure, forgiving, eternal, sacrificial and unconditional love, then we know that our love towards people ought to look the same. More so than any place, people ought to be able to come to the church and find love. Because I am the church, then people ought to be able to see the love and compassion of Jesus flowing through my life.


My prayer for you today is that you redefine love in your life as the love that flows from Calvary and that you recognize your responsibility to love God first and then with the pure love of God, love people.  


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