Everlasting Love

Is there love among men? Definitely. Love can be felt everywhere. Look at how parents love their children most tenderly, how couples love each other devotedly, how siblings love one another inseparably, how friends love one another sincerely. The reason that there is love among men is none other than that man was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). God is love, so naturally there is love in man’s heart. The first epistle of John clearly records: “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (4:7-8). Because of this love, there are innumerable heroic, earth-shaking and moving stories of love throughout the ages.

However, because of sin, man’s love is not perfect; there is falsehood and selfishness in it. The newspapers are full of such stories. For example, estranged couples prodding each other’s old wounds in court; parents, children or siblings taking one another to court; friends turning and even committing felony against one another because of relationship or money problems. All these prove that man’s love is not perfect.

Where can perfect love be found? The Bible testifies that there is a selfless and never-changing love in this universe that far transcends earthly love. This love suffers long and is kind; it does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; this love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

This love is true. It does not change because of changes in the environment, for it is from God, it is the divine love. How may one obtain and experience this love? It is through Jesus Christ, for this love is hidden in Him. The epistle to the Romans records: “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (5:6-8).

Another portion in the first epistle of John says: “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (4:9-10).

Dear reader, may you seek and know this eternal, true love which is in God’s beloved Son Jesus Christ. The Scripture says: “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:15-17).

The Lord Jesus has already opened His heart to man when He was on the earth and promised: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Please come! Do seek Him while He may be found, and call upon Him while He is near!

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