These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -- I John 5:13
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Biblical Perspectives - Go Back

"This Thing Called Love!"
Key Passage( John 3:16)
by Evangelist Clifford M. Smith, Th.D.

The "Greatest Love" was shown on the Cross of Calvary by the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16)! To "Love" someone is different, than to be "In Love" with someone (True "Love" stands the test of time). Love is "constant" and doesn't "flip-flop" back and forth. "Love" is selfless, kind, patient, caring, forgiving and unconditional (I Corinthians 13:4-7). This thing called "Love" gets its origin from God, because the Bible says, "For God is love" (I John 4:8). True "Love" causes people to yearn for it, because its so wonderfully rare in this life. The person, that is loved, can be thousands of miles away or may have passed over into "eternity", but your "Love" for them never dies! If what you call "Love" is "Lost", well then, it wasn't "Love' at all. I believe, everyone needs to "Love' someone and also needs to be "Loved" in return. "Love" is not a game, to be played with the heart of mankind. There are so many, that I know so well, that will try their best to trick you in the "Name of Love"! I urge you, to NOT GIVE-UP the pursuit for "Love", because it DOES EXIST and is waiting to be found by you. Please don't let your "Heart" become hard and cold!

John 3: 16 says "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."

This scripture verse, John 3: 16, is probably the most quoted and memorized "Bible Verse" by Christians in history. Here are a few things to think about when you read this verse: (1) It starts off saying, that "God loves the world (Simply, God Loves The Sinner, But Hates The Act Of Sin)", (2) then it says, "God is willing to give His Only Begotten Son (For These "Filthy, Evil, Hurtful, Arrogant and Proud Sinners)" and (3) last, it says, that "Whosoever believes or accepts the Only Begotten Son (Jesus Christ) will be given 'Everlasting Life' by God Almighty." These three points, in this verse, define the "Great Love" of God to all mankind (Which includes every race, nationality, financial statis). The small two letter word "SO" is one of the most important words in this scripture verse; the word "SO" is "In-describable, Un-measurable, Un-limited and Priceless." It has been said, "That 'God's Love' Reaches Down To the Guttermost Of Sin, That This World Offers And Lifts A Person Up, From The Chains Of Sin, To The Uttermost For God's Glory!"

I Corinthians 13: 4-7 (The Love Chapter Of The Bible) says "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity(Love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

The word "charity" in I Corinthians 13: 1-7 is the Greek word "agape", which is simply, "Love from the Heart (Referred to as Godly Love)." When I read these scriptures, I can picture(In my mind) so many people, that I know, that do "Great Works", but it's all for "Their Own Self-Glory!" I ask you, think of the churches and marriages empty of "True Love?" I believe, that "God's Love" is the most powerful energy in the world! I'm reminded, that God's Love was so powerful, that this "Rotten Hell-Bound Sinner" is now a "Blood-Washed Saint Of God" bound for Heaven to be with God for "Eternity!" Everything, that was created by God in the world exist and is sustained by the "Love of God in Christ Jesus( John 3:16 and Colossians 1: 16, 17).

The Lord Jesus Christ gave us two commandments concerning "Love." Paraphrasing, Jesus said, "Love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and also love you neighbor as yourself." These two commandments are called the "The Great Commandment(The First Of All)" and " The Golden Rule."

Mark 12: 29, 30 (The Great Commandment) - "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

Mark 12: 31 (The Golden Rule) - "And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, There is none other commandment greater than these."

In conclusion, I pray, that you will "Open Your Heart" and allow "God's Love" to enter into your life. Then you'll know the "Power of Love", that's only found in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3 : 16). "If you have a "Heart of Love" (Compassion for Others) in your life, cherish it, exercise it and never take it for granted. People "live" and "die" everyday for "Love!" What is it, in life, that you "Love" so much, that you are willing to live and die for in life? God has "Love", that he wants to give you, if ONLY, you'll receive it. Please, don't reject "God's Love" for your life. Your choice will result with "Eternal Joy" with God or "Eternal Sorrow" without God! "PLEASE OPEN THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART AND INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR LIFE! GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS YOU TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH HIM! PLEASE ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST RIGHT NOW AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR (Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 6: 23; Romans 5: 8; Romans 10: 8, 9, 10, 13)!"