You’ll agree with me that much of what is tagged wrongly as “love” today is none other but lust. However, that is not to deny the fact that there’s also much of genuine love existing and shown among sincere people in the world today (although you could also sincerely be lustful!). It’s always a great thing to love and be loved. In fact, the Bible commands God’s children thus: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1Pet.1:22).
Moreover, we are also made to understand that “love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Rom.13:10). “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Gal.5:14) A broader view of that stated thus: “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Rom.13:9)
Lust intoxicates and blindfolds but God’s love sets free. God forbids lust in all its forms, shades and manifestations. He is against it as it is against Him. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1John 2:16) He is however for (real) love and all that is love as He is love Himself. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1John 4:8&16)
The love God has for us all which was consummated at Calvary where Jesus was given for us is the most perfect form of love ever manifested—in all ramifications. What love divine! He gave His life for ours. That’s the greatest. There’s no other love as great as that and there’s no greater love than that. Jesus Christ is God’s love personified. He was made manifest in the flesh and given at Calvary after being born at Bethlehem. The government of this world will soon be at His shoulder completely—very soon. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). The angel told Joseph Mary’s husband what was to happen when Mary was pregnant of Jesus. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Mat. 1:21) That was fulfilled after Jesus was born and sacrificed as the Lamb of God for us—for our total redemption from sin.
There is no greater love! “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. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 3:16; 15:13) The greatest love has been shown and shed abroad at Calvary for you and me. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans5:5&8; 1Tim.1:14). Have you accepted it yet?
How long will you spurn God’s love and go after that which does not & cannot profit. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life will land you in destruction and perdition. Quit that line and accept God’s love today. Accept His love today so you won’t regret at that time. Be wise! Repent today (right now) and accept the true love of Jesus—the greatest love. There is just no greater love!
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.