Perhaps it’s because of all my recent exposure to the world of wedding, but the idea of love has very much been on my mind as of late.
It has also made me extremely aware of how prevalent the concept of love is in everyday life. I feel as though love is everywhere.
It seems as though no matter where you go or what you do, “love” is there.
In the songs on the radio and the movies on the big screen. Permeating the plot lines of bestselling books and successful television shows.
The world quite obviously has a longing, a deep desire to be satisfied with the love of a significant other. There is something in our very nature that makes us crave human affection, especially romantically.
1 John 4:16 says, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
While my heart’s greatest desire (second to a full-on pursuit of Jesus Christ) is to get married, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that no man can ever satisfy my spirit’s longing.
There is a God-sized hole in our hearts that no one and nothing other than God can ever fill. His love is the only perfect love, the only love that can save and sustain.
John 3:16, the most widely known verse, tells us about God’s love for us. He loved us so much that He sent His only son Jesus to die for our sins.
His love is sacrificial and sanctifying, holy and whole.
God is love.
He is the Creator, the One who designed and breathed life into love.
So often I believe our concept of love can be distorted by the lust and feeling-based affection we are so often exposed to. We forget that the greatest example of love isn’t the sweet ending of the rom-com we just watched but rather the sacrifice of the Lamb on the cross.
When we begin to develop our idea of love around what Scripture declares instead of what the world tells our relationships will reflect that.
Love won’t be based on a sentimental feeling but will become a daily choice that we rely on the strength of the Lord for.