It certainly goes without saying that Christ’s coming to earth brought us the most vivid picture of love that the world has ever seen. But it was when He left and returned to the halls of heaven that we received the power to exercise His love. Love has first place in the list of His fruits of the Spirit. It is for the believers to give and to enjoy.
The Lord said, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). “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” (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us” (Ephesians 5:2). “See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22). “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light” (1 John 2:10). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: Walk in love as Christ has loved us.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (June 1 reading).]