The Best Of All Loves

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the World so that we might live through him. 1John 4:9 NRSV

Neon heart I don’t know whether Shakespeare was a religious man or not, but he knew a thing or two about love. Shakespeare is said to have reasoned, “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”1

Loving someone who wants your love is good. Better is loving someone who is not looking for love, who is not pursuing love, or who shows no interest in accepting your love. That’s hard. That’s real love!

That’s also the kind of love Jesus came to give. Toward the end of his earthly ministry the people he came to heal, help and save turned on him. They flat out rejected him as Messiah. They turned him over to the authorities with trumped up charges, in hopes they could do away with him. He was a Savior, but almost no one wanted his help.

But God’s love doesn’t depend on being loved. God’s love is the kind of love that’s given in spite of rejection, in spite of abandonment, in spite of hate, and in spite of our waywardness and sin.

Faith Reflecting on Shakespeare’s reasoning, Ravi Zacharias asks, “How do you know that God loves you? While you and I were yet lost and wandering, Christ was wandering after us, by way of the Cross. And this sacrifice stands as the greatest marker in all time.”1

He’s right. The proof of God’s love is this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and gave himself for us. He didn’t do it when we asked for his help. He didn’t do it after we started seeking forgiveness for our sins. He did it at the very moment humankind turned its back on him.

That’s not just love, it’s God’s love!  It’s the kind of love that forgives sin, redeems lives, heals brokenness and gives us a brand new start!

I agree with Shakespeare. And I’m forever thankful that Jesus came and loved me like that. His love has forever changed my life, and continues to do so. That’s what makes Jesus’ love the best of all loves!

1 Ravi Zacharias, A Slice of Infinity, blog post 3/3/2011

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  1. April 16th, 2011

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