What is the true nature of love? O’Henry wrote a short story, called The Gift of the Magi, about two young lovers who scrapped by with the little they possessed. One Christmas eve the husband sold a gold pocket watch inherited from his father so he could buy his wife a golden comb. She had long beautiful hair. The wife that same day had her hair cut and sold so she could buy a gold chain for her husband’s watch. What wonder and surprise crossed their faces when they exchanged their gifts!
True love costs dearly! God is the perfect lover because he treats us as his beloved and he gives us the most perfect gift of all. “To ransom a slave God gave his Son” (ancient prayer from the Easter vigil liturgy). God sent his Son into the world to free us from slavery to sin and the power of death. Jesus willing layed down his life for our sake and salvation. His death on the cross of Calvary was both an offering to God and the atoning sacrifice for our sin and the sin of the world. Perfect love holds nothing back but gives all. Jesus gave himself completely out of love for his Father and for us sinners.
John 3: 16-18
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.