by Carolyn Hope
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
There are different levels of love. The love you have for your best friend is different than the love you have for your brother or sister. The love you have for your parents is not the same as the love you have for your spouse. There are different depths of love, and each relationship reflects that.
Jesus talked about the greatest level, the deepest depth, of love. There is a love that is stronger than all the others, and that is the kind of love that will lead you to give up your very life for another. This love is relentless, reckless, and willing to do whatever it takes to give someone what they need. It’s willing to give up everything for another person. When you think about it, there are prices and costs for everything in this world. Life, however, is priceless. It’s worth more than money can buy. The most expensive gift, therefore, is your life.
This is the kind of love that Jesus gave us. He surrendered His perfect, priceless life for you. The cross, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is a picture of God saying, I will do whatever it takes. His love for you was so deep that there was NOTHING He would hold back from you. The Lord’s love for you is incomparable. It is trustworthy (1 John 4:16), and it never, ever, ever fails (1 Cor. 13:8). He gave it all for you. He loves you far too much to let you go.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe