The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

         Love is the motivating force behind much of human behavior, and the need for love has driven people to do things that otherwise they wouldn’t do. As powerful an emotion that love is, people often differ on the meaning of what true love is. Sometimes what is called love, is merely lust or selfishness disguised as such.
The essence of what God is is love. In Jesus Christ dying for us he demonstrated that the greatest sacrifice of a friend is to give his life for that person. Jesus gave up his physical life for us all. If anyone doubts that God has a love for human kind, all you have to do is to look at is the cross: the place called Golgotha where Jesus was led to and gave up everything so that you and I might have eternal live.
If we can only see the temporary (this present life), it is to our disadvantage. Life on Earth is only a preparation for eternity. Jesus gave his life willingly even as the religious, the skeptical, and the hateful were mocking him, beating him and insulting him. The strength of the cross is that all the sacrifice for human kind was laid on Jesus Christ. Every murder, every curse, every ungodly lifestyle, every heartbreak, and disappointment was laid at Jesus on the cross.
In his love for humanity, Christ said, I will become one of them. Even though he was God in the flesh, he became human and submitted himself to a horrible death(publicly) that he might save people from themselves.
Even as he was dying and soldiers were gambling for money for his clothes; He said, “…forgive them for they know not what they do.” The unbelievers at the cross kept telling Jesus to come down from the cross and save himself, they told him if he came down, then they would believe he was who he said he was. Thank God he didn’t come down from the cross, even though he could have. There would have been no hope for you and me.
When asking the question, “does someone love me?” Ask what are they willing to sacrifice for you. What is that person willing to give up for you? Whether it is pride, personal comfort, or simply giving of themselves to you.
Jesus Christ was abused, gossiped about, lied on, and had his life threatened many times before he was finally murdered on the cross. yet he gave up his life and died a brutal death so that you and I wouldn’t have to be separated from God in eternity. If you believe there is a heaven, you have to believe there is a hell, one does not exist without the other.
God made salvation so easy that even a young child can understand it. All Christ asks is that you believe on him and accept him as Savior. We all have to realize that we cannot save ourselves. If you believe on Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, you will be saved. If you had been the only person in the world, Jesus still would have died for you. It is God’s will that none should perish, but that all might have eternal life.
I Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.” In the telling of great love stories, this is the greatest one ever told.
Here are some more scriptures that tell refer to Jesus’s death on the cross:
Romans 5:8-“But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Phillipians 2:5-10-“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus . Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Hebrews 12:2-“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God’s Gift To The Single Person

     In God’s plan the woman was created for the man; for as it says in Genesis, …it is not good that man be alone. God made men and women for each other, however, if someone finds themselves single whether due to having never been married, or divorced or widowed, there are advantages of the single state over the married one. 
I Corinthians 7: 32,33 states, …He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things of the world, how he may please his wife. The main thing that God wants is that no one perishes. Paul, the Apostle was a soul-winner, his heart and ministry was in preaching the Gospel to the lost. He felt God’s heart in ministering to the Gentile,(non-Jew), and he preached in that way because he wanted men(mankind) to become followers of Jesus Christ.
When we are single we have the freedom to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ without the responsibilities of raising a family or pleasing another individual. Although marriage and raising a family is a ministry in itself. I Corinthians 7: 38 says, ” So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well, but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.”
Marriage is an honorable state and one to be respected; yet the single person has the opportunity to serve God without reservation or distraction. Marriage is to be preferred if one is unable to control their sexual desires. I Corinthians 7:9 says it is better to marry than to burn. However, Paul noted that those who marry will have trouble in their flesh. (I Cor. 7:28) Sometimes the way to avoid certain troubles is to avoid marriage, if you are able to.
The single state is a gift to the Christian so that we can serve God unselfishly,and find God’s plan for the life that he gave us. This view contrasts with the world’s view of being single to live a life given over to greed or lusts.
The questions that the single must ask themselves can be determined by whether someone was never married or whether they became single through death or divorce. Many times the never married and the once married have to ask themselves the same questions.

Questions for the never married:

Who am I in regards to God’s plan for my life?
What vocation or career path does God want me to choose?
Am I to marry and with whom will I share my life?
How can my life be used to serve God and others unselfishly?

Questions for the divorced or widowed:

Who am I in Christ without my spouse?
what is God’s plan for the remainder of my life?
How can I use my past experiences to serve God and minister to others?

Questions that both can ask:
How should I use the gifts and talents that God has given me to serve him?
How can I live my life to reflect more of Christ and less of myself?
Where can God use me most effectively to be his ambassador?
If we believe that the main focus of our lives is to serve and please the one who created us, and to love him with our whole heart; then giving our lives to him is an honor, not a burden. As Christians, the healthy approach to singleness is to see the advantages in it, and know that even though at times we may be alone; not necessarily lonely; yet even when we are lonely, there is one to comfort us even in that. May God be with those who serve him whether married or single.