Love is an action. The following Scripture passages are a few examples of God’s love for each one of us.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” (I John 4:7-8)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
The life of Jesus Christ is the greatest love story ever told. God the Father created the world (Genesis 1:1-31) as we know it. He wanted us to experience His love by giving us Jesus Christ in the flesh. During His three-year ministry, Jesus taught us how to love others through His words, teachings, and actions. The one action He performed to show His love for you, me, and every person throughout history was His dying on the cross. Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins when He was condemned to death, beaten mercilessly, crowned with a crown of thorns, stripped of His garments, nailed to a cross, hung on the cross, and when He died on the cross for love of you and me. He did this so that He could save each one of us from our sins in order that we can live with Him in heaven for all of eternity. It is amazing what Jesus did for each of us. When you contemplate this one act of dying on the cross for love of us, it is almost incomprehensible.
Knowing and understanding this great act of love – dying on the cross to save us from our sins to spend eternal life with Him – is something we need to be more conscious of every day. Imitating Christ and loving others the ways in which Jesus taught us would contribute to making this world a better place for ourselves and others.