LETTER: The greatest of these is love

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I appreciate The Herald’s printing last Wednesday of the beautiful reflection of love Dale Marks had for his wife, along with his admonition to husbands. I hope he will allow God to help him through his loss; the God of all comfort truly cares for him. It may be hard for Mr. Marks to realize that God's love for him is even greater than the one he had for his wife.

Love, like God, is unseen but eternal. Consider what love is — its form, its purpose, and its source. The Holy Bible reveals through John, the Apostle of Love, that God is love; we can love because he first loved us (1 John 4) and gave us that ability. He is the creator and giver of love; our desire to genuinely love others comes from him. The familiar gospel message of John 3:16 begins, “For God so loved the world that he gave …” At Christmas we celebrate Christ’s birth and His life in the form of a servant. By dying on the cross, Jesus demonstrated his love for us, his own creation, whom he values highly: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The hope of the gospel is Christ’s love for us; it is greater than death and overcomes the grave: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep [dead], that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

Evil and fearful things surround us, but, “in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39). The great love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 closes with, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love is truly the greatest gift of all.

Robert A. Watson

Sanford