April 20 A Definition of Love

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verses: Ephesians 2:4–5

God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

In his book The Cross of Christ, John R. W. Stott talked about why Christ’s death at Calvary is God’s greatest revelation of divine love:

It is not only the justice of God which seems to be incompatible with the prevailing injustices of the world, but also His love.

Personal tragedies, floods, and earthquakes, accidents which cost hundreds of lives, hunger and poverty on a global scale, the cold vastness of the universe, the ferocities of nature, tyranny and torture, disease and death, and the sum total of the misery of the centuries—how can these horrors be reconciled with a God of love?

Christianity offers no glib answers to these agonized questions. But it does offer evidence of God’s love, just as historical and objective as the evidence which seems to deny it, in the light by which the world’s calamities need to be viewed. The evidence is the cross.

Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners.

That is why if we are looking for a definition of love, we should look not in a dictionary, but at Calvary.

Calvary defines Your love for me, dear Lord. I receive it with thanksgiving and praise. Let me share its reality with others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 115). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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