“Greatest Love of All”, or why “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”

Captain and Tennille were confident that “Love Will Keep Us Together”, while the Bee Gees asked, “How Deep is Your Love?”

The Supremes cautioned us, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, while Foreigner pleaded, “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

What do you love? Most people use the word “love” every day, usually very casually.

“Oh, I love chocolate ice cream,” some might say. Or, “I loved that movie.” We could also say we love a dog or cat just like it was a member of our family.

Love is an emotion God blessed us humans with to make our daily lives here on earth more pleasurable and meaningful. People with no one to love are lonely and often desolate. For those people, without someone to share the ups and downs of life with, life often holds little meaning.

But for all the different types of love we can feel, there is one love that we will never be able to experience—the love that God feels for us. It lies beyond our comprehension and is one we’ll never experience first hand.  

We can never look down on our creation—the entire universe—and feel good about it. 

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Gen. 1:31a, ESV)


But God does more than just feel good about what He has created. He in fact adores us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

This kind of powerful love is reserved for God alone. It infinitely exceeds the love a husband and wife feel for each other, or even the immense love any human parent is capable of feeling for their own child.

Think about that the next time you are tempted to express your love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


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