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November 11, 2015, 8:58 AM

Love of veterans...

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." 1John 3:16 (NIV 2011)

The words in this passage of Scripture are so simple but often overlooked.  In fact, I don't believe that it is any coincidence that the message in this verse fits so perfectly with the gospel message of John 3:16.  Not that either one is more important than the other, but I tend to lean toward the 1 John passage a bit only because there is a sense that we MUST do something with this message of love.  We cannot keep it to ourselves.  However, I have to say that this is something that is taught throughout Scripture.  It just happens that God has placed it succinctly here for us.  

Another appeal of this verse is the clear definition of love.  Point blank...the only reason we know what love is in this world is because of what Christ has done.  He defined the very word by sacrificing His life for each and every one of us.  Because of this "act" we know what love means.  We know that love is more than words.  We know that love is more than feelings. We know that love requires action.

Today, as we celebrate our veterans, I would like us to see them through the definition of God's word. God's word states that love was defined when Christ laid down His life.  Many of our veterans were willing (many did) to lay down their lives for us...action of love.  I know that not all veterans are Christians, but they were willing to lay down their lives for us anyway.  We can let them know how much we appreciate that incredible act AND remind them that Jesus, the one that laid down His life, loves them too.  We MUST do something with message of love that is given to us, why not this group of men and women?

Thank our veterans!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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