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Wondering What to Believe?

  1. Does Nature Give Proof of God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  2. Can I Hear God's Voice?
    8 Digging Deeper
  3. Who is God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  4. Who Wrote the Bible?
    8 Digging Deeper
  5. Can I Trust the Bible?
    7 Digging Deeper
  6. Is there a Right and Wrong?
    7 Digging Deeper
  7. Why Does God Allow Evil?
    9 Digging Deeper
  8. Who Am I?
    7 Digging Deeper
  9. What is the Meaning of Life?
    7 Digging Deeper
  10. Does God Love Me?
    5 Digging Deeper

The word “love” is one of the most overworked words in our language. We use it to describe our desire and delight in everything from chocolate ice cream to puppy dogs, from our wish to do something (as in, “I’d love to go to Hawaii”), to our relationship with God (“I love God”) and our families (“I love my children”).

What is the best definition of “love”? Genuine love is giving, sharing, putting others ahead of self, serving others without expectation of reward, giving others pleasure or helping them to enjoy life.

The greatest example of love is when someone sacrifices his or her life to save the life of another. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). But in his own life, Jesus went even further: he laid down his life for those who hated him and rejected him. He “came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15). While on the cross, he said about those crucifying him, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). He voluntarily and deliberately sacrificed himself to save others (23:35). God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son to die for us while we were yet sinners (John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3). The greatest gift that God could ever give us is Jesus, the pure and righteous one who alone was God in the flesh and who alone could atone for our sins (Romans 8:32). His death and resurrection three days later paid the price for all the sins of the entire world from the first man, Adam, until the end of time (Hebrews 7:6-7; 9:26-28).

No other gift of God could satisfy or pay the price for our sins. This was the only way that God could satisfy his moral and just nature and prove his love for sinners. A perfect angel could not die for us. An angel is a creation of God, not God himself. Jesus is God in the flesh, not someone God made, but God himself, the one and only God who is blessed forevermore (John 1:1-4, 14; Romans 9:5). Jesus is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3). The preeminence and glory of Jesus is detailed in these words from the Apostle Paul:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:15-20).