God's gift of love to the world surpasses understanding
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SERIES—Part 1
The word "love" is referenced in the New Testament more times than any other characteristic or quality.

Why?

Because love is unequivocally the most important attribute of the Christian.





This is how important love is...

It might surprise a lot of people these days to know that God considers love more vital even than faith itself. The Bible says:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
So, although love is far from the only quality we must incorporate into our lives, it is the greatest of all attributes we must possess.

Not only is love greater than faith—it's also more essential than being knowledgeable. The Bible says:
Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
(1 Corinthians 8:1)
Additionally, love is more important than being benevolent, and more important than actually sacrificing our physical bodies to noble causes. The Bible says:
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:3)
Our love also tells the world we are truly disciples of Jesus. Jesus said:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
(John 13:34-35)
By the way, if our love to one another demonstrates that we are truly disciples of Christ, what does our indifference to one another indicate?



The Source of Love: God

No person can adequately speak of love without first of all mentioning the Source of our love: God. The Bible says:
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:8)
The source of our love is God. In fact, God's love is so pervasive and complete that He can actually be described with the word "Love" because "God is love."

God showed His great love for us by making the ultimate sacrifice of sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. The Bible says:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16)


The implications of this incredible sacrifice obviously go beyond our ability to adequately describe. Paul wrote:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
(Ephesians 3:16-19)
How can this love of God and His Son Jesus Christ be adequately described? God's Love is so vast that words fail us in articulating the meaning of how and why God gave His beloved and only begotten Son to live and die a cruel death, just so we—who have been evil—could be saved.

Perhaps the words of the world famous hymn Amazing Grace help bring the meaning of God's love closer:
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
(John Newton)



PART 2




Additional recommended reading:

Vital points to remember after becoming a Christian
Don't forget to live a life of love




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