Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Can’t Buy Me Love

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

27th February 2011

The Beatles’ famous song ‘Can’t buy me love’ included the lines:

I'll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I'll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
'Cause I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love

And how true that is, money can’t buy us love. It can buy us many things but not what is really important. After all, money will buy:

  • A bed, but not sleep
  • Books, but not brains
  • Food, but not appetite
  • A house, but not a home
  • Medicine, but not health
  • Pleasure, but not joy
  • Makeup, but not beauty
  • Companions, but not real friends
  • A crucifix, but not a Saviour

God’s love for us is not something we can buy - He loves us unconditionally.

Just look at some of these verses if you are in any doubt:

‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever….
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind’ (Psalm 107:1, 15 & 21)
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (John 3:16)
‘You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. (Romans 5:6-8)
‘This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins’. (1 John 4:9-10)

Love is not simply an attribute of God rather, John tells us, ‘God is love’ (V16). Love is what God is in His essential being, and since we can know that we can rely on the love God has for us..

As Christians we can know and rely on the fact that God loves us unconditionally; but with that comes a responsibility:

‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us’. (V7-8, 11-12)

We are to love one another not out of duty or compulsion; we can’t buy one another’s love. ‘We love because he first loved us’. (V19) We love in response to the love God has shown us.

John even goes as far as saying, if we don’t love one another, we cannot claim a relationship with God:

‘Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister’. (V20-21)

So we can’t buy one another’s love, we can certainly give it away. As Jesus Himself said, ‘This is my command: Love each other’. (John 15:17)

Have a good week knowing and relying on God’s unconditional love, and sharing His love with others.

Pastor Barry

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