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The Greatest Love of All

By Tim Hartzell

As we continue the conversation about God’s love for us, we must consider the way He chose to demonstrate that love to us. The depth of love can only be revealed as it is demonstrated. So how did God choose to demonstrate His love for us?
In John 3:16 we read, “For God so love the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He demonstrated the greatest love of all by giving us His one and only son.
Interestingly enough, Jesus described the greatest expression of love this way, “Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Jesus didn’t have children, so it makes complete sense that the highest form of love He could offer was to lay down His own life for us. And that’s exactly what He did.
But every parent will verify that, once you have a child, the greatest depth of love you could demonstrate would be the willingness to lay down your child’s life for someone else. Frankly, that’s a demonstration of love that I’m confident I couldn’t offer.
I have two sons. If you should ever need me to lay down my life for you, I pray that God would give me the grace to do it. However, if you need me to make the decision to sacrifice one of my son’s lives for you, well, you’re going to be out of luck. Sorry.
My son may choose to do it, or through the draft, my son may be chosen by the government to do it, but if the decision is left to me, it’s not going to happen.
As a parent, I get it. There could be no greater expression of love than the willingness to sacrifice a child to save someone else. And because Jesus was God’s only and completely innocent son, His gift demonstrates to us the greatest love of all.
That’s how much God loves you.
And my friend, God chose to demonstrate that love for you long before you were born. His love for you is complete and will never diminish. Even our wrong choices and prideful ways cannot diminish His love for us – not one bit. His love is unconditional and without end.
Have you made mistakes? I sure have. Have you done things for which you are ashamed? Me too. Do you feel that your mistakes have disqualified you from being the focus of God’s love? If so, then you are terribly wrong. God loves you. God loves you. God loves you! Nothing you have done could possibly diminish His love for you.
My prayer for you today is that God’s love will break into your heart and your mind. He has been pouring out His love on you – can you see it? Are you picking up on it? Are you allowing yourself to feel it?
Listen, do you think it is by chance that you decided to pick up this paper and read this article? My friend, God has been reaching out to you for a long time. Today He chose to express His love through the words that I am typing. Earlier today He chose some other method, and later today He will chose another. Do you see it? Are you willing to let your heart feel it? He loves you right now – right where you are – right in the midst of what you are doing and the life you are living. He loves you. God loves you. Everything else you will hear or read or experience today will pale in comparison to this all-encompassing truth that is the well-spring from which life rises: God loves you!
To demonstrate that love, God gave His only son – the greatest love of all.
Next week, we’ll continue our discussion about the five essential truths about the good news of Jesus Christ by talking about God’s purpose for your life.
1. God loves you.
2. God designed you with a purpose.
3. Pride (sin) separates us from God’s love and purpose.
4. Through Jesus Christ, God extends forgiveness and reconciliation.
5. Through surrender (belief), we are reconciled to God’s love and purpose.