What is love?
Around Valentine’s Day each year, a concept of love plays before our eyes through all forms of media. The message is “give something to that special someone and get something.” Is that transactional concept of love really what love is all about? Biblical love is more than an emotion. It is more than a means to get others to do what you want them to do. Real love involves sacrifice. Romans 5:7 sheds light on this topic with the following words: “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.” Sacrifice for others is the supreme act of love. Romans 5:8 expands on this: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s love was extended to us while we were His enemies (Eph. 2:1-17). God’s love took Him to the cross where the power of sin was broken as Christ died on our behalf. He was buried and rose again on the third day as proof of the acceptance of the sacrifice. The payment for sin only applies to those who repent and call upon Christ for salvation. Once you experience the love of God. You can begin to sacrificially love others as God has loved you.
Pastor Ernie Brodie, Jr. Ed.D.