My favourite TV series at the moment is Castle. I like mysteries, and I enjoy the context of the main character, Rick Castle, being a writer. Even more than that I find it romantic that he is prepared to sacrifice so much time and money to help Detective Beckett solve murders because he loves her. Consequently it changes him. Over the course of several series he gave up his flamboyant playboy ways and became more responsible.

Herein is a problem, love changes us. If you don’t want to change, then don’t fall in love. Likewise if you want to know if someone loves you, think about whether they are prepared to make sacrifices for you.

One of the most well-known verses in the New Testament is John 3:16 “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.” God loved, so he gave. He sacrificed his Son.

If there had been another way for God to forgive our sins, he would have chosen it but there was no other way. Out of the great reservoir of God’s love, he gave Jesus for us.