Why should we love others?

Love has a beginning, middle, and end.

That is why when you hear about a new romantic movie or a novel, you’re often told that it’s a ‘love story’ about two people who end up falling in love with each other.

It’s no wonder why women especially rush out to see this new romantic movie, or read this new book, because our deepest longing is to experience love in it’s truest form.

We were born by it, through it, and for it

We want to search for a meaning or purpose for our lives by relating a love story to our own story’s.

Sometimes, the ending isn’t always what we expect. In fact, it can be very upsetting to watch someone die in the ending of a film.

Take for example this Nicholas Spark movie, known as ‘The Best of Me’. If you haven’t watched this movie, it is very touching. Also, I may have just given away the ending, sorry to those of you who are reading.

Despite it’s ending, however, I truly love the story written in this movie.

The main character, Dawson, dies after being shot several times by an ex-family member. His heart is donated to his former high-school sweet heart’s son, who desperately needed a heart transplant to live.

My initial reaction to Dawson’s death was sadness because I knew that his high-school sweet heart had wanted to re-kindle their relationship just as much as he did.

So, when I saw that Dawson was shot and killed, it didn’t seem to add up.

It didn’t make clear sense of why he had to die at the end, but upon further examination of what truly happened here, I started to realize why one man died so that another man could live.

We see a similar story in our own lives, don’t we?

When Jesus died on the cross, and the women were weeping for Him.

They couldn’t process in their minds what was going on, and why Jesus was being crucified. He was a just man, a man without sin. “Why did He deserve to die?” we ask ourselves. Clearly, there were others who were much more deserving of the punishment.

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 -John 3:16

The story becomes more clear as we read throughout the Bible, or in other words our own love story, why Jesus had to die.

In other words, Jesus died so that He could live in us and through us to share the love and grace of God that’s only available through Christ.

He knows exactly what we face on a daily basis.

He knows the heartache and pain that comes from living in a fallen world.

He knows that the minute we except Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are sealed for the day of redemption.

But why? Why all of this?

Because, He loves.

As I reflect upon Jesus’ death, over and over I am reminded of how much He loves us and why we are planted on this earth.

Our lives were not the result of a scientific accident.

Our lives were made by love (God), through love (Jesus), and for love (to love other’s as He loved us).

It all makes sense, when we look at the story of how Jesus not only died for us, but also how He conquered death by defeating our one true enemy.

He wants us to be with Him so much, that He literally demonstrated His love throughout His Word and throughout all of creation-by showing us how awesome, powerful, and real He is.

So in case you were wondering about your own love story on a day like Valentines day, you have one.

It’s written by the author, and finisher of our faith,

Jesus.

And now abide in faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest gift of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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