Bible Studies Poems Words Of Encouragement By Danny Naglowsky / last year Share Tweet Pin Share All We Need Is Love (The Greatest) 1 Peter 4:8 – King James Version, “And above allthings have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 – The Message “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.” 1 John 3:16 – King James Version “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 – The Message “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.” John 3:16 – King James Version “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.” Let’s break down John 3:16 in order to start this devotion. (I made this one…) John 3:16 For God The greatest creator So loved The greatest love The world The greatest need That He gave The greatest sacrifice His only The greatest one Begotten (past tense for beget) The greatest father and son relationship Son The greatest gift That whosoever The greatest amount of people Believeth in Him The greatest faith Should not The greatest promise Perish The greatest punishment But have The greatest possession Everlasting life The greatest place Looking at John 3:16 in The Greatest breakdown, we can see that God is the greatest one: who has the greatest love of all. This type of love is known as Agape love. Even though He had the power to stray away from going to the cross, He sacrificed His own self out of His own free will. No other reason can determine why He did so but love. The nails pierced into His hands and feet were love. His hands stretched to the east and the west was love stretching across the world. God’s love can be seen throughout the bible. From the beginning of creation to the ending, God’s love has been shared to everybody. This love that He is giving to us is free. However, God does state in the bible in 1 John 3:16 (something random, John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16, kind of cool) that we should love our brethren with the same love God loves us with. Even though we sin, He still promises us that we are able to have everlasting life with Him in heaven. That is love. Because He is a loving God, He is merciful and forgiving. When a son is emotionally hurt and needs comfort, his dad would walk up to him and talk to him. After talking to him, they would share a hug; a sign of how much the dad loves his son. After that hug, the son would feel fine and loved that he would forget all of his problems. If a son would to do something wrong, the dad would see this fault and would walk up to him, kneel to the son’s level, and ask him why he did it. The son would then confess his doings, looking down in shame, and apologizes, waiting for a punishment. Although the son is expecting a punishment, the dad would say “I forgive you” and would give the son a hug. These two examples reveal the same way God expresses His love towards us. What are we suppose to do with His love, keep it or share it? The answer to that question is found 1 John 3:16. We love God because He first loved us. A way we can show His love or to reveal His love is by expressing the same love towards each other. Love is something that covers sins as found in 1 Peter 4:8. Love creates forgiveness. Love creates new beginnings. People who are in doubt and feel condemned by the mistakes they have made may be in total agony. Showing His love towards that certain individual can change either their perspective or their ways. His love is amazing. Actually, love in general is amazing: an amazing gift given by an amazing creator. One thing some people fail to realize is that we ought to love everyone and not just those in church. Looking back at when Jesus died on the cross, He didn’t sacrifice His own self for the Jews. He paid the price for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. He looked in the future and saw everybody as one. Nobody was different. We were all the same in His mind. The people in His mind were His children. People tend to forget that and say that only the people in the church are His children when in reality, everybody is His children. Some people may run from Him but He always will consider us to be His children. That is a gift from Him to us that we can never throw or run away from. It is always with us; either in our hearts or in our souls. In order to fully understand God’s love, we must share it with everybody. Because Jesus sacrificed His self for us, we should lay down our lives for each other (1 John 3:16). No other way lets us know why He loves us. His love is something we can’t make or produce. We can show it. It’s His. Love is the root of joy. Love can mend broken hearts and take away regrets from the past. Love is able to cheer someone up when something dramatic occurs. It’s love. What more do we need?