The Greatest Love

I was tossing around the idea tonight of a pre-Valentine’s Day blog I wanted to call “All That She Wants”.  It was to be a funny, but truthful reflection on what women truly want/need/expect from “love”.  Then the sweetest thing happened… I decided that posting John 3:16 was a far better way to explain what true love is really about.  My dear friend Melanie has posted a video which explains things as perfectly as my words could ever hope to accomplish.  It is about 18 minutes, but I’d guarantee the best 18 minutes you’ll spend all day:

See, when we think of “love” so often we default to the earthly definition that it must involve two people in a romantic relationship with one another.  As we all know those relationships have many highs and lows.  Love is so often defined and weighed by feeling and emotion.  There is one love, however, which is unwavering in its dedication, its commitment, and its magnitude.

If I could send anyone a Valentine’s Day gift today this would be it- please be aware of the purest and most important love you will ever have the privilege of knowing in your lifetime.  The love of Jesus Christ never fails us and it has been here since the beginning of all creation. 

John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world (that’s us) that He gave His only begotten Son (that’s Jesus) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

There is no valentine more important.  For the people in my life who know me, I hope you know the greatest romance in my life is the one I have with my Lord.  It’s easy to get caught up, just like the people on that train, in the daily stressors of life and to lose sight of the relevance and importance of the gift He gave to us- so freely, so without merit on our part.  God sent to us His ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in the true fullness of life as He intended it.

I’ve been guilty of allowing life/relationships/pressure to take precedence over the one fact which I know in all certainty to be true- we are here to lead others to Christ.  We must be a living testament to the power He has in our lives and to show the world what a difference Christ makes in us.  I encourage each of us today, sure, tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, but there’s a greater calling here- we must tell the world of God’s love for us as demonstrated to all of us through the sacrifice of Jesus.  I would encourage each of us today to take a moment and talk about Him and the gift of salvation to those in our lives who may not know- or who may have lost sight of it.  Pray that God will give you opportunity to speak to friends and strangers alike about the importance of knowing God personally.  I promise that if you pray it He will bring it to you.  He wants to lay those opportunities at our feet.  We simply have to be willing to do it.

If you’ve never talked to others about Jesus and the gift of salvation just start with John 3:16.  You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to share the news of this gift.  Thank you to Melanie for helping to put that into perspective for me tonight.  Thank you to each of you just for reading this.  I believe in doing so God is commissioning you to act in His purpose.

Happy Valentines Day 2012.  Welcome to the greatest love the world has ever known.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara Miner Harakas
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:46:58

    Truly inspiring Amanda. You never cease to amaze me. You seem to know exactly what I need and send it in your blog when I need it. Thank you, and please keep writing.



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