- Taken from sxc.hu. Made by ba1969
So this was the post I was actually going to write when I wrote The Meaning of Words: Awesome. I just got caught up in the introduction and realized that it was leaning towards awesome instead of love. So now, on Valentines day, I thought it appropriate to try again and hope I actually get to the right point this time.
Today, and for a month or two before today, actually, we are bombarded with love. We see all the hearts, and cupids, and candies and chocolate. And we are constantly shown love throughout our lives, with movies, books, and those around us.
And it’s not always pretty. You see the passionate, chocolate coated, I’ll love you until I die, and then if you are out in the world at all you see many of those “I Love You”s fall apart into divorce, affairs, being dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend, or otherwise falling to pieces. I think it’s hard for us, partly because of constantly being fed the bad love image by the culture and partly because we’re imperfect humans, to see perfect, complete love. God’s love.
And then the word love means many things. It means everything from I love the color green to I Love You turned divorce one year later to Never going to leave you no matter what love. Do you realize how broad a spectrum that is? The first is in no way close to the latter. And I think that this also makes our ideas of love get a bit off.
So what does love, and I mean REAL love, look like?
You remember what John 3:16 says: 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.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We’ve all probably heard these verses. But stop and realize what they really say. God loves us so much, that He sent His own perfect Son to die for us. Us sinners. Us sinners that constantly shove God aside because we’re too busy. That Jesus went through unbelievable pain to save us because He loves us too. Because God loves us with a great love (Ephesians 2:4
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
God is a God of love. He created love. He knows what perfect love looks like.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can take away this perfect love with which He loves us. He’s not going to change His mind someday. It’s not a love that dies out.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment
Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength. Think on those four things for a moment. That’s your all. That’s your everything. That’s what real love is. That’s how we should love God.
Anyway, I hope that gives you a little food for thought. I’ll end with one more verse:
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.