God is love : What is the greatest act of love which one can give for the sake of another? Jesus defines friendship - the mutual bond of trust and affection which people choose to have for one another - as the willingness to give totally of oneself - even to the point of laying down one's life for a friend. How is such love possible or even desirable? God made us in love for love. That is our reason for being, our purpose for living, and our goal in dying. Scripture tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8) - and everything he does flows from His immense love for us. He loved us so much - far beyond what we could ever expect or deserve - that he was willing to pay any price to redeem us from our slavery to sin and death. That is why the Father sent us His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who gave up his life as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, in order to give us abundant everlasting life and adopt us as his beloved Sons and Daughters in Christ (Romans 8:14-17).
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