THE FRAGRANCE OF LOVE
MAIN TEXT: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
The entire gospel comes to a focus in this verse above Gods love is not static or self-centered, it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationship- when you love someone clearly; you are willing to give freely to the point of self sacrifice i.e. agape love. God paid dearly with the life of His son, the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins and then offered us the new life that he had bought for us. When we share the gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus own- agape love- willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving Gods love. This love (agape) is the basis of all Christian religion and belief. In John 15:12, God told us to love each other as “I have loved you”
Thankfully Jesus is our example of this kind of love. As he interacted with people of varying needs and issues, He showed us what perfect love looks like in actions. As we walk with Him, keeping ourselves in His love and steeping our mind in His Word, we will reflect more and more of His likeness. We may still
make mistakes, but God is able to redeem them and cause good to come out of every situation. For “His love” always, protects and it “never fails (1cor 13:8). As “we follow the way of love” (1cor 14:1) we will find ourselves often turning to God, the course of love and to Jesus, the greatest example of love. Only
then will we gain a deeper knowledge of what true love is and find the strength to love others like God loves us.
Prayer:- Heavenly father, give us your enablement to love our neigbours and relations as Jesus Christ loves us Amen.
TESTIMONY FOR THE DAY:BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: firstname.lastname@example.org.