"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."
John 3:16 (King James Version)
And, how often has God sent us a deliverer, even in the days of Moses, when people forgot, or were disobedient?
Only the love of the Father, the One, True God, has that capability to love that way.
And when Jesus came to earth, He showed us how to love the Father, too.
Everything Jesus did, was for the Father.
There was such great love between the Father and Son, that we humans will not be able to really imagine the magnitude of it.
But, through that John 3:16 verse, surely, we can have some understanding of it.
Such a simple verse, but packed with both the Father and Son's combined love and power.
Can we love that way?
I think, soldiers, and their families, are fine examples of sacrifice and service.
Sent to the battlefield by their superiors, with their parents and families grieving at their leaving, these young men and women have fought, died, and survived many wars.
Oftentimes, they fight a war they know nothing about, and sometimes, don't care about, but serve they must -- and of course, at the risk of their lives.
A classic photo from the first world war even showed two men -- from different camps -- sharing a meal together.
When the bombs stop falling, and there's a truce, the men are just young people -- scared, tired, angry, lonely, wounded, or dying.
Perhaps, leaders of nations can take greater consideration about the lives of their people, and not wage war without just cause.
May these leaders be not subject to whims and egos, for many lives are at stake.
And that's why this verse comes to mind, in Jesus' own words, for He taught us how to love:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13 (King James Version)
Other people I appreciate are those who protect our safety on the street and in our homes and workplaces each day.
They're the policemen, the firefighters, the janitors, the security guards, the drivers, and every day workers in every industry.
Love is really service.
It's not just for couples who go out on dates, or buying your mother flowers, or treating your friends to brunch, but the things we all do for each other each day.
It is a true test of our awareness if we remember how we are all blessed to be served by many people.
In turn, it's good to serve others, too.
Work is beautiful when you do things with love and sincerity.
You may not be thanked, or remembered, or even get paid, or get a raise, but in God's eyes, such things don't matter.
Do you remember this verse, which Jesus said?
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Matthew 25:40 (King James Version)
The Son who gave up His own life for us.
God's love and Jesus' love are the greatest forms of love ever.
Parents understand such love, for they grieve when they give their children away, whether in service, or in marriage.
And when something happens to their kids, their grief knows no bounds.
I've seen my parents grieve over my late brother.
As they say, there can be no greater grief at losing one's child.
Now, I wonder how God felt at the loss of His own Son?
And yet, humans have short memories, and we all continue to sin.
Was Christ's sacrifice not worth it?
What would it take for us to remember, to be grateful, and to repent?
Please, there's still time to change, and repent.
I would not know how vast God's benevolence is, but why test it?
I'd much rather He know that I do my best each day, as a renewed Christian, a born again for five months now, and faithful to the core of my being.
In the end, only Christ knows our hearts.
We will all be judged appropriately, when the time comes.
Like I said, there's still time right now, to do right with God.
That would be a sign of love on our part.