In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him (I John 4:9).

Today we hear a lot of talk of love. And most of it is just that—talk. In fact, the world, apart from Jesus, is the devil's playground (Ephesians 2:2 - 3). The devil has so perverted the meaning of the word love that it has become the exact opposite—one person taking advantage of another. And much of it is in the name of love. As the old saying goes: “Many a deception is hidden behind a smile.” As with all things, the Bible defines the issue perfectly.

If you want to know if someone really loves you, what do you do? You observe their actions more closely than their talk, do you not? It is of course good to hear verbal assurances that you are loved, but nothing takes the place of action and especially action involving self-sacrifice. How do we know that our parents or our family members really care for us? We see them day after day and week after week and year after year sacrificing of themselves to help us. That is love.

How do we know that God loves us, as we are told in John 3:16 and elsewhere? We know because, for some reason, there was only one price that God could accept for the full payment for our sins and that was the blood of a perfect person. There is only one person Who ever was or ever will be perfect and that is God's own son, Jesus. Did God say that price is too great? No, God sent Jesus to die on the cross to shed His blood so that His blood would be the payment for all our sins and that we might gain forgiveness of sins and eternal life by simply believing and trusting in Jesus and His shed blood.

I would call that love, wouldn't you? Now, here's the key question. Will you accept that great love and that great gift of eternal life in heaven by believing and trusting in Jesus alone? Or do you take that great love, turn your back upon it, and try to do it your own way?