God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What is love? Almost every popular song mentions the concept; most movies and TV shows do as well. But often they aren’t talking about real love. The ‘love” they profess is a selfish feeling with no depth.
You see, real love isn’t merely a feeling—it’s a decision, an act of the will. Love determines to care about another person, even if that love is not reciprocated. It’s a commitment that doesn’t change or fade if the desired result is not gained. It’s a sacrifice.
Real love is what God’s Son, Jesus Christ, displayed for the world when He chose to sacrifice Himself for all of us. God did not have to give up His Son as a sacrifice for us, but He did! He knows that we don’t deserve it. He knows the bad thoughts we entertain. He knows every awful thing about us, yet He loves us.
The Lord of absolutely everything, who knew us before we were born, has decided to love us. We mess up again and again; we fall short and still, He loves. God is committed to us, and He will faithfully forgive, unconditionally accept, and perfectly love us always.
Does that change your perspective on love? God has decided to love you! What have you decided?