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Somebody Loves You - June 20, 2018

  • 2018 Jun 20

WEDNESDAY June 20, 2018

The Greatest is Love

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

God the Father gave up His son for us. Christ was sent into the world to save sinful man. He redeemed the world to Himself. Otherwise, we would have no hope; we would perish. That is the Gospel. When Jesus was on the Cross, the love of God was demonstrated to us.  Romans 5:8 tells us: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for each one of us.

Once touched by Christ’s love, we must abide in His love. It is a command of Christ, maintained by our obedience to Him: “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:9). Love identifies us with Christ and each other (John 13:35). The love of God should be in our hearts: …the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5).

God’s love is sacrificial, John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. Jesus Christ laid down His life for you and me––that is sacrificial love. Have you ever laid down your life for someone else? When you think more about someone else than yourself, then that is sacrificial love.

What the world needs is the love of Christ. Christians need to love those who do not know Christ; those who need to be won by the love of Christ––who are going to perish. Christians need to have manifest in their lives more of God’s greatest gift––love.

   Love — and the unity it attests to — is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.
~Francis Schaeffer~

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