Christian leaders love –at least that is how it is supposed to be! How do we know this? The Bible tells us so. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” In John 13:15 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is exactly what Jesus did—He laid down His life for us. Paul wrote that Jesus’ sacrificial death was the demonstration of God’s love for us. The apostle John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God…”
In February the country celebrates Valentine’s Day, referring to more of an erotic kind of love. God’s love for us is so much more complete than that! His is a selfless, sacrificial love. He commands us to love each other in the same way. During this year as we focus on “REBUILDING” God’s kingdom, let’s remember that the greatest commandment God gave to us is to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to love others as we love ourselves.