The four-letter word, LOVE, is doubtless the most used word in the contemporary world, and especially in this month of February. Surprisingly, many have not yet experienced it. Others talk of ‘falling in love’ making me be left wondering, fall? Why not rise in love or climb in love?
We cannot talk of love without talking of one who set the standards of love. We may claim to love him, but the fact is, we cannot love him more than He first loved us! Without Him there is no Love. He is love. Think of the story of fall of man in creation, Man sinned, and we see God going out to seek the ‘fallen man.’ (Genesis 3:8-10). God’s Love for man made Him get out of his way to seek him.
In his letters, Paul of Tarsus noted, but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God set the standards of love. In the most widely common verse in the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John tells us that God gave His only son because of Love (John 3:16).
In his letter, John adds:
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
At the heart of God is the desire to give and forgive, Richard Foster notes this in his book ‘Celebration of Discipline’. He loved us, thus He gave us His only son. Love made Him send Jesus to us, as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. We deserved death, but He chose to die for our sake, wonderful exchange. What great love is this!
Paul notes that God made him who had no sin to be sin for us (2 Cor 5:21). Why? Because of love! The cross of Christ is the sign of Love as well as a sign of submission. Jesus had some choices while he was on the cross. At a certain point, Peter even suggested to Jesus not to go to the cross.
“…Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”” (Matthew 6:21-22)
Jesus could have resisted to be crucified. As we see above, Peter had a way out for him. But Jesus chose to die for us, not because of any other reason, but because of love. He decided to suffer shame, die in such a humiliating way to save us from our sins. It is not the nails that held Jesus at the cross, it is love. Love at its best!
Let’s praise God for loving us this much. Since God set the standard for Love, May we yearn to grow more like Him in Love.
About Kenneth Irungu
Ken is an Apprentice with iServe Africa serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship Kawangware.
He is Passionate of Gospel service and Faithful Bible Teaching.