Before you ask, let me answer. I choose to write about true love because today is close to St. Valentine’s Day and I choose this verse from The First Book of Moses, Genesis, for a surprise. When Moses put pen to sheepskin, no one had heard of Valentine!
Genesis 22:2 Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." (NKJV).
What’s the surprise? Love. This is the first time the Bible mentions the word love. The Hebrew is “ahavah.” The rule of “first mention” controls to a large degree the truth that the kind of love God has for humanity is sacrificial in nature as is brought home vividly in this famous verse:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV).
Genuine love involves sacrifice on the part of the one who loves for the benefit of the one who is loved.
This truth puts a mountain of weight on the marital relationship responsibility of love given by Paul:
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (NKJV).
True love never complains that the one loved, doesn’t “measure up” to expectations, but gives him or herself for the benefit of the loved one.
On the 25th anniversary of our wedding, I told Joyce that I loved her so much I would die for her. In her coquettish way, she smilingly replied, “Larry, you always say that, but you never have!”
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