“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)
In honor of Cupid and Valentine’s day, I felt it necessary to write a post about love.
Back in September at the first Unite Greenville event, Matt Pitt from the Basement spoke. His main point that he drove home all night was the question “What’s love got to do with it?” The answer to this question that he had us respond with was “Everything.” Without love we wouldn’t be here right now. Love has everything to do with it. Because of God’s amazing love for us, He gave His son up for us.
Today we have a skewed idea of what love is. We think you can make love. We think you can fall in and out of love. We think love has to do with flowers, chocolate, balloons, or jewelry. The truth is that true love has to do with sacrifice. True love has to do with what happened on a cross 2,000 years ago. Jesus said “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (See John 15:13)
John later writes “We love because he first loved us.” (See 1 John 4:19) In other words, unlike our view of love which is conditional, God’s love is unconditional. God’s love is based on your position as His child not based on the condition you find yourself in. Paul writes in Romans 8 that God for-knew us. This means that God knew everything we were going to do, all the good, all the bad, and all the ugly; and He still loved us. Paul writes later in the same chapter that nothing can separate us from the love of God. So those of you who think there is no possible way God could love you because of what you have done, He still loves you. Those of you who are single, especially you ladies, who feel alone and unloved while everyone else is celebrating Valentine’s with a special someone who loves them; you’re not alone and you’re not unloved. God is there with you and He loves you. His love conquers all fear. His love covers a multitude of sin. His love endures forever. His love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on you.
So what does love got to do with it? Everything!