Making Known Christ’s Love
Love has only four letters but it is a big, weighty word. No writer can ever fully describe love; no artist can ever draw love. It is an abstract that can only be made concrete when it is put into action and experienced through our senses.
God is aware we can't make known that which we don't know; so He surrounds us with His creation and sent His Son that we might experience how much He loves us.
God is the Source of love, which begins at the center and expands outwardly like the ripples created by a single drop on the water’s surface. Love, therefore, affects others. This is why Jesus Christ, in turn, commands us to love one another as He loved us. By doing so, His love becomes a shared experience that grows and expands from our own lives to our family, to our neighbors, to our countrymen and to all humanity. At the same time it strengthens our personal ability to distinguish or discern real, lasting love vs. fake, short-lived love in the world around us.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 tells us what a powerful force is love even at its tenderest moments:
"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm" -- Christ is the Seal upon our heart that we may always love Him; He is the Seal upon our arm that we may always do His work.
"For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave;" -- Like death, love brings about a permanent change in the life it touches and nothing is ever the same again. It is vigilant in guarding what is precious and eternal.
"Its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame." -- Like flames of fire, love shines forth brilliantly and intensely in our profession of faith and in our deeds.
"Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it." -- "... neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:38-39) In short, nothing can quench the love God has for us in Christ Jesus.
"If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised." -- God's love is priceless, and it cannot be bought.
To us, God's love is given freely and without measure. Hallelujah!