Love is Giving of Yourself

What is love? Love is giving of yourself.2 “In this the love of God wasimages
made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world” (1 John 4:9). John wrote that love is manifested when God sent his only Son into the world. God gave His only Son. His only Son gave Himself on the cross for our sins. The cross then is the definitive demonstration of the love of God. But the cross is not only the demonstration of love. The cross is also the definition of love.

You have to give something in order to love. Love has a price tag; and the price tag is high.

One day Mylene asked me, “Hen, if I’d die ahead of you, would you marry somebody again?”
Without hesitation, I answered, “No!”
She said, “Why not?”
I said, “It’s expensive to love again! I’m tired of spending to love again.”

Brethren, there is a price to love. If it is free, it is not love; if it is love,
it is not free. Love costs a lot. It cost God his only Son to love this world. “For God so loved the world He gave His only Son.” It cost Jesus his life to love the church. Paul wrote, “Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:25).

2 Bryan Wilkerson, “Deep Love.” Cited February 14, 2015. Online: http:// http://www.preachingtoday.com/ sermons/sermons/2011/may/deeplove.html? start=4

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