What A Man Says
I believe that one of the most significant motivations behind the actions of most humans is a desire to experience love. Think about it for a moment. Every single person somewhere inside of them has a desire to feel that they are loved and also a desire to love. When this desire goes unmet, they will go out of their way to try to fulfill this need. They will even do things that they know they should not. The truth is that no matter what we pursue in this world or what we accomplish, we can never experience true love without first knowing Jesus Christ.
Not only are there so many people who are seeking true love in this world, but there are also so many people who do not actually know what true love is. There are many lies about what true love is. Many people believe that physical intimacy and sex will lead to love. Other people believe that when a person gives them attention they are receiving love. Still others may think that love is when someone buys gifts for them and gives them resources. Each one of these actions may be an action of love, but they can also be done in a way that is entirely void of love as well. What then is true love and how do we truly experience it in our lives?
The first thing we must understand is that the most perfect example of true love is seen in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. The Bible tells us that while we were still sinners Jesus was nailed to the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. This is the definition of sacrificial and complete love. It has nothing to do with what Jesus would receive, but it is what He wanted to give to us. It was an act that was entirely selfless. There is nothing we can do to earn it or justify it either. It is a gift that has been given to us out of true love. Second, we need to remember that there is no person in this world who can offer us true love. True love is only found through Jesus Christ.
The final thought for today is this: once we understand the source of love and where we must go to receive it, we then need to pass that along to others. The scripture for today tells us that we are to follow the example of Christ and lay our lives down for those people around us, our brothers and sisters. We are to be vessels which demonstrate and show the love of Christ to people He has placed around us. Do you know the love of Jesus and are you willing to share that love with other people?