Love is passion that compels you to do what is in the best interest of another person. Pastor Brian Cederquist (by way of Mark Driscoll)
I don't know many people who love their vehicles that way. Or their favorite desert. Or even their friends. But that's the kind of love John - and Jesus - talked about. The kind we're commanded to express toward others. Toward our family. Our friends. And yes, even our enemies.
God did it when He sent His Son to die on the cross. And when He did, we didn't love Him. In fact, we were spending our days grieving Him, disobeying every bit of wise counsel He had given to us.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NKJVGod loves us more than we love our Starbucks, our Facebook, or our iPhone. More than we love our bff, our mother, or even our spouse. Shouldn't we love Him? One another? Because of His great love and sacrifice for man, shouldn't we feel compelled to do what is in the best interest of someone besides ourselves?
Shouldn't we love as He does?
Can we love with the intensity God does? I'm not sure. Probably not. But we can love in the WAY He does - with His help. Ask Him for it.
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