Monday, February 14, 2011

Unfailing Love

As I sit on my sofa, blissfully surfing my favorite blogs on my laptop, I am bombarded with images of love.  Of course, Valentine's Day is upon us, so as you can imagine...romantic images abound.  Whether it is the depiction of an adoring glance across a crowded room, a romantic table for two, or a velvet box with a diamond studded halo inside, all of these things cause me to focus on what love really is.

I could try to come up with lines of beautiful words to express my findings, but I have no need when the perfect poetic expression already exists.  It's in the Bible...the greatest love letter ever written.

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self‑seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."  
1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 8

It may be difficult to imagine, but this love is not only a possibility, but it is a reality.  The truest embodiment of this love is in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.  You may have heard of this Bible verse:

"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."
John 3: 16

This verse in itself is the clearest sign of what real love is!  But I hope you won't stop there.  I hope you will continue reading:

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
John 3: 17-21

What an amazing love!  It is the most beautiful kind of love...a love that seeks, a love that saves. Tonight, as I am overwhelmed by His love for us all, I leave you with this final verse:

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  John 15: 13

And so He did.