by Rev. Tom Gray
When I fell in love with my wife, I was aware that this was the deepest feeling I’d ever had. Over the years that feeling has transformed my life. When we were expecting our daughter, I worried if I’d love her. The instant I saw her I was filled with an even more powerful love. The same happened when our granddaughter was born.
Love causes us to bond with and even to willingly sacrifice for the sake of someone else. The Bible say that God’s love for us was and is His first love. God loves you as much as, and even more than you love your child (or, even, yourself). I’d willingly give my life for my wife, daughter, or granddaughter. I’d have to be convinced to do it for anyone else. But Jesus Christ, God the Son, did that for all who will accept and believe it.
If I believe that God loves me in a way even greater than my love for spouse and family, shouldn’t that transform all of my life? It has. And it continues to grow on me and in me. I pray for the same thing for you. Take some time and read the New Testament passages on love, starting with the verse below. God loves you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17)