How real is love? Valentine’s Day is a good time to assess how much we love both our significant others and our God. The definitive mark of true love is willing sacrifice.
Every relationship has some element of sacrifice, but what’s the attitude behind it? Is it out of coercion, a sense of “ought,” or joy?
The depth of God’s love for us is marked by the willingness of Jesus, God himself, to come to earth, become man, live among us, and die a cruel death on the cross carrying the ugliness of our sins and those of the world. “For this is the wayGod loved the world: He gave his one and onlySon, so that everyone who believes in him will not perishbut have eternal life (John 3:16).”
So the question is—how well do we die to our own desires and preferences for those we say we love?