A Love That Exceeds All Others

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Valentine’s Day is perhaps the time of year when people most turn their thoughts to love. Stores fill with heart-shaped balloons, red roses, chocolate, and greeting cards expressing ideas of devotion and love. Husbands and wives, those engaged to be married, boyfriends and girlfriends take the time to show their feelings for each other in different ways. But, yet, for all the love that seems to be in the air, many people find Valentine’s Day to be a day of sadness or regret. Many people are reminded of how their heart was broken by someone they thought really loved them. Others are reminded of broken relationships and broken marriages. February 14th is sometimes referred to as Singles Awareness Day (or S.A.D.) for all the people who wish and hope for love and romance but have not found it yet. Despite the emphasis placed on love and relationships by entertainment and the media in our culture, the latter group of people whom I have just mentioned know that love is really like a rose — it is a beautiful flower that has dangerous thorns. C.S. Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.” However, there is one demonstration of love that exceeds all others. The Bible tells us about this love when it says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It is a brave and selfless thing for someone to take a gunshot or a knife stroke meant for someone else. You might never imagine that someone would do such a thing for you. And, indeed, with the selfishness that is common in human nature, you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to do such a thing. But there is someone who has already done that for you. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God who came to earth to take upon Himself the punishment we deserve for our sins. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God commendeth [or showed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We all are sinners. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Because of our sins, we are destined to experience the punishment of sin which is physical death and eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. However, because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly laid down His life and took the punishment we deserve. Jesus Christ experienced physical death and separation from God so that we would not have to. Now, He invites everyone to take part in the salvation He provided for us. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ has opened the way of everlasting life for us because of His death on our behalf. He wants to begin a relationship with you. The decision you must make is whether or not you will accept the gift that He has given — as John 3:16 says, will you believe on Him in order to have everlasting life? If you want to do that today, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead by the power of God. The only way we can be saved from our sins and receive the gift of eternal life is through this sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We must place our faith in Him and what He has done. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Are you ready to call on Jesus Christ right now and let Him know that you believe in Him and that you want to begin a relationship with Him? Then please pray with me the following simple prayer. Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen. If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

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