When we love someone deeply we cannot keep from letting our love show. It spills out in marvelous ways to bring joy to the one we love, whether it is romantic love or friendship love.
Yet the best love goes beyond romance or friendship. The greatest love has the power to change a life forever. It is unconditional, sacrificial, isn’t changed by circumstances, and isn’t concerned about receiving anything in return. We like to think we love the people closest to us in this way, but seldom is our love completely unconditional.
Love like this is hard to find. Love like this is hard to give. Yet, this is the example we have in Jesus, For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8 ESV). God’s love is the only love that is completely without self regard, unconditional, and always acting in the best interest of others, regardless of the circumstances.
My prayer today for you and for me is that we will allow God to love us so that we might in turn love others.
May the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (MSG)