The Scriptures teach us that humanity knows love and is acquainted with love because Jesus gave up His own life to reconcile us back to our Father God.
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 Joh 3:16 NKJV)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8 NIV)
Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it . . . (Eph 5:25 NCV)
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 5:2 ESV)
All of these Bible passages refer to the fact that Jesus’ redeeming sacrifice was an ACT OF LOVE. The Lord tells us through the Word that we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Husbands are admonished to love their wives even as Christ loved the Church and sacrificed Himself on behalf of the Church. Husbands should want to protect their wives and children even as the Lord did.
And we’re encouraged to follow the example of Christ, and to become (as He did) a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. This gives us a reason to examine ourselves and to ask ourselves if we are demonstrating our love in ways that are spiritually and relationally significant to our nearest and dearest. God bless you as you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you in showing love to everyone in your life!