Don’t you just love love? Whether it’s romance or friendship, there’s something about truly being known by and knowing another person that really does it for us.
What’s interesting (read: amazing, beautiful, shocking-in-a-good-way) is that if we raise our eyes just a bit above our everyday experience, we can see the source of love itself.
God’s love is
UNCONDITIONAL [Eph 2:4–5]
PASSIONATE [Eph 3:17-19]
INCLUSIVE [1 John 3:1]
ABIDING [Deut 31:8]
CLOSE [Ps 34:17-18]
LAVISH [Mat 7:7- 11]
STEADFAST [Ps 136]
COMFORTING [Ps 23:4]
FORGIVING [Hos 14:4]
PROTECTIVE [Ps 61:3]
ETERNAL [Jer 31:3]
and FREE [1 John 4:19]
That list would satisfy any dating profile, but words alone aren’t enough, are they? Without a person to do and be those things, such great love is only theoretical.
Fortunately, there is a person.
Everything about him screams LOVE.
Jesus is God rushing to us when we were in trouble, grieving with us, partying with us, advising us, feeding us, forgiving us, and paying for our offenses without asking for anything in return.
I don’t know about you, but no lover or friend, no matter how good, has fully shown me that kind of love.
This Valentines Day, as you honor the loves of your life, take a moment to honor the truest love of all, the greatest romance ever, the lover of your soul: God.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” [1 John 4:10-11 NLT]