Sacrificial Love (Valentine’a Day Edition)
““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
Love is a popular word and action in our culture and our world. Yet we fail to understand and provide love the way God wants us too. We are truly selfish with our love. It’s not that we intentionally try to be but our sinful nature interrupts and disrupts our ability to love in the way we’re suppose to. We want to be loved but we don’t love others the way they deserve to be loved. We’re all guilty of this in some point of our lives. Especially, in marriages, we see a false depiction of how love should be. If we didn’t, then we wouldn’t have such high divorce rates. Love is a more than a word or feeling or emotion. Love is a choice. Love is sacrificial. It’s never about you but about the next person. And God demonstrated His sacrificial love for us through Jesus Christ.
The infamous scripture that most people know, including believers and unbelievers, is John 3:16. God displayed His love to us through sacrifice. God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ, for us. Why? Because He loves us. God chose to love us even while we were sinners, even while we were His enemies, even while we were disobedient and wicked. God still made a choice to love us and sacrifice for us. Jesus Christ agreed to the plan to reconcile us back to God. We were lost in a fallen world of sin yet God didn’t want our end to be that way. God also knew we couldn’t fulfill the law of Moses so He made it easy for us. We went from having to fulfill hundreds of laws to just believing in the One who can and did fulfill all that we couldn’t do. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for us.
A lot of times we believe that God is angry at us or even hates us. But if that were true, why would He give up the Person He loved just to have us back in right standing with Him?
In this world, we search for love in the wrong people, places and things. I’m guilty of this as well. We try to fill a void with temporary things that always leaves us empty. Yet God is saying “I love you. Even if the world rejects you or abandons you, I love you. I sacrificed for you because you are special to me. I made you in my image. I crafted you and made you into a masterpiece. I accept you. I approve of you. You don’t have to be perfect by this world’s standards. You’re perfect for me just the way you are.”
On this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single, dating, in a relationship, married, divorced or widowed, remember that God loves you unconditionally. Even if you’re in the “it’s complicated” category, God loves you. God’s love is never complicated. His love is sacrificial, pure, holy and unfailing. Remember there’s nothing you can do to separate you from God’s love. Jesus didn’t come to judge you, He came to save you. He came to love you. He came to show you the way, the truth and the life. All you have to do is believe in Him. No one can love you the way God loves you. No one can fulfill the desire in your heart to be loved but God. No matter what you think you know, there’s nobody like Jesus. Will you allow God to love you?
Father, today I accept your love for me. I have falsely equated your love to the way of this world’s love. I thought I had to earn your love but I don’t. You freely give your love to me. Thank you for your unfailing love, forgiveness and grace. I repent of my sins. And I forgive those I have sinned against and didn’t love as well. Come into my heart Jesus and be the Lord and Savior of my life. I believe you are the Son of God and you died just for me. Thank you. I love you. Thank you for first loving me. In Jesus name. Amen.