No Greater Love
By Latasha Ransome
Love is the most understood word in the world. People use the word love to describe their passion for something, and affection for a person without distinguishing the two. The words “I Love You” are stated at the end of conversation without thought and as part of a routine. This is not surprising seeing that society itself shares this same concept of love. To humans living in societies primarily in the West the biggest day of love is Valentine’s Day. The day filled with hugs and kisses and warm wishes, a day of the mushy feelings. Yet, Gods has a different description of love. The bible describes love as being;
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. Corinthians 13:4
In fact, the greatest commandment is to Love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, Matthew 22:36-38 followed by a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34. Today especially, we can identify with true love. Christ death and resurrection is and will always be the greatest expression of love imaginable. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
To think that God’s desire for eternal fellowship with each and every person stayed on His heart despite the sins of humanity . This is seen all throughout the bible, from the first prophecy Gen 3:15, the seed of woman, Christ, would crush Satan. Satan’s power could no longer have a permanent hold on humanity once Christ death occurred.
His atonement alone gave each of us a clean slate. Of course, repentance and accepting Him as our savior is required. Never the less, Christ loving act expressed Gods devotion to the restoration of humanity. Seeing this, we can grasp the love is not just an emotion, it is a devotion, and at time is incomprehensible.
God’s love for us is undeserving, yet appreciated. He desires for each of us to share this version of love firstly with Him and secondly with others. God desires for us to understand that His love is one that transforms, empowers and encourages. Yes, through God’s amazing Holy Spirit, we can experience God’s version of love and display towards others.
The death of Christ symbolizes death our sinful nature and His resurrection symbolizes the new life we have in Him. Therefore, as we use this week to contemplate on the Resurrection Day and the remainder of Passover, let us stay mindful of God unfailing commitment to us. In return, let’s continue to rely on God and trust in Him like never before to grow in continuous devotion to Him.