Faith: What is true love?

We need to receive, take, accept God’s gift of eternal love, Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. This is the true love redemption story!

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The following is not a romantic story of how most people view love, but a much greater story of love - God’s love.

This love for all mankind is shown in John 3:16: “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.”

Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Love can be known only from the action it prompts. We need to receive, take, accept God’s gift of eternal love, Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. This is the true love redemption story!


Galations 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.”

The first fruit mentioned is love. Love is the willing, sacrificial giving of one’s self for the benefit of another without thought of return. One should not give to get back in return. It should be our desire to give not because we have to give, but because we want to give.

Love is a picture of God, the rest of the fruits of the spirit are the result of love, such as joy, peace, longsuffering, etc., just like good works are the result of salvation. Love is unselfish and love seeks opportunity to do good to all men. So in other words, love others in spite of differences.

True love is not just an emotion or feeling, although it may be a type of love, it’s really an act of giving. Be ready to serve and have a desire to help others, love thy neighbor and those around you. God asks us to love thy brethren of the household of God. (1John 3:14)

God said we should love one another (1 John 4:7-11) and he demonstrated his love to the world, to all mankind to the point of sending his only begotten son to die in our place. Jesus, the blood sacrifice, that washed away all our sins, past, present, and future. Jesus is God’s gift to mankind for all who believe. This is true love. We as believers are God’s gift to his son Jesus (John 17:12, 20, 22).

John 15:12-13: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Someone had to die so that someone else can live eternally. That is what Christ did for us on calvary. No greater love is there than this!

There is also the love that’s between a husband and wife. Ephesians 5:21-25 says, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourself unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”


With this type of commitment in a marriage, both husband and wife benefit in making their marriage one that is honoring to each other and to God.

God said it is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a helpmate. God instituted marriage. Adam said this is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman. A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and become one flesh. (Genesis 2:22-23)

Love can be a desire to be with someone you care for and love!

How can we show love to others? These following verses are instructions to go by.

Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

This verse is repeated in the New Testament, Matthew 22:37 where Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Jesus followed it up by saying in verse 38: “This is the first and great commandment.” And verse 39 Jesus then states: “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

What great verses for all of us to adhere to in this day and age that we live in.


No matter what you feel, love is an emotion, an action, a desire and God’s word says God is love. His love is matchless and it’s eternal for all who believe. Have you accepted this true love? If you have, glory in it; if not, please do so today.

There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; it sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth. O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, because he first loved me! Author of hymn - Frederick Whitfield

Hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day!

Roger Braaten is the interim pastor at Pine River Baptist Church.

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