Love can be the greatest thing we can give and receive in life. Love has many facets, many kinds and is manifested in many ways. There’s motherly love, fatherly love, romantic love and the greatest of them – God’s love. God’s love for us is so great that he gave us the most important gift we will ever receive: “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 (John3:16). Despite our continuous defiance of His laws and our persistence in our sinful ways, God gave us Jesus Christ to save us from eternal damnation and spiritual death. There is no force more powerful than God’s love, nor is there a limit to it. His love for us is greater than our sin.
In the human aspect, perhaps the greatest example of an act of unselfish love is parental love. The love of our parents can be the greatest thing we can appreciate in our human lives. This is a prime example of unselfish or unconditional love we can readily grasp, see and experience. We are born into this world as a result of the love shared by our parents. We as children of our parents are the fruition of their desire to be united and become a family. In a way, as children, we have become the unifying bundle of joy for our parents and the family on the day we were born. In appreciation of and thankfulness to God granting our parents the gift of a child, our parents do everything they can to help us grow and mold us into God-fearing individuals, citizens and contributors to society.
Most parents have loved their children unconditionally and unselfishly. We became one of their top priorities from the day we were born. They sacrificed at times to give us the comfort and sustenance that we needed to grow up and survive. We might not recall our parents spending many sleepless nights anxiously looking over us when we cried and were fussy in the middle of the night. We can only imagine how they would frantically pick us up from our beds or cribs when we cried and tried to soothe us and calm us down.
All through our childhood our parents tried to raise us with loving direction and discipline, willingly helping us to grow into happy, well-adjusted adults able to cope with the outside world. Our parents chose unselfishly to love us by devoting time and energy to us and we should be thankful for that. More importantly we should be thankful to God for allowing us to have our parents and follow His commandment to “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” ( Exodus 20:12)