Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are entering another month with Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to God for His blessings and mercies. In Romans 5:8 says that, “God demonstrates His Own Love towards us, in that, while we are still sinners, Christ died for us.” When a counselor asked a young man, who was engaged to be married, “How do you know that you love her?” It was a question intended to help him look at his heart’s mo-tives for the upcoming marriage.

After several thoughtful moments, he responded, “I know I love her because I want to spend the rest of my life making her happy.” We discussed what that meant and the price tag attached to the selflessness of constantly seeking the best for the other person, rather than putting ourselves first. Real love has a lot to do with sacrifice.

That idea is in line with the wisdom of the Bible. In the scriptures, there are several Greek words for Love but the highest form is agape love – love that is defined and driven by self – sacrifice. Nowhere is this truer than in the love our heavenly father has shown us in Christ. We are deeply valued by Him.

When things are going well for us, we may start to think that we who don’t have troubles are better somehow, or are more loved by God, than those who are strug-gling. We forget that the effects of this fallen world are indiscriminate. We are all loved by the Lord God. We all need Him – in good times and bad. The successes, abundance, the positions that God has given to us are tools to help us encourage others in their time of need.

Some people may not react favorable to our efforts to show care and concern. When his happens, it may help to remember that God is patient with us and he has given us His Spirit to help us respond with love to those who are hard to love or who are ungrateful (Gal 5: 22-23).

God loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is. If sacrifice is the true measure of Love, these could be no more precious gift than Jesus. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son” (Jn 3:16). The measure of love is what you are willing to give up for it. May God Bless each one of you.

With Lots of Love and Prayers
Aji Achen

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