The word love, when used as a noun, means a feeling of deep affection. When used as a verb, it is to feel a deep romantic attraction to someone. The crazy thing about the word love, is that it means so many different things to so many different people. We love our pets, our cars (not so much me on this one *hinting to you mama* ;) ), our houses, we love the way we look, we love our family, we love our boyfriend/girlfriend, we love our life. but one thing about the word love, especially now, is how easily it is tossed around..it's starting to lose its meaning.
We're starting to define love by the material things, like i said above- we love our cars, our houses, we love name brand clothes, we love our apple iPhones and trust me, i LOVE my iPhone..but the real question is, why? Cause we're human, that's why. But what if we took a lot of our focus off of ourselves and our needs, and put them on God? Our relationship with Him would be unwavering. It would definitely be the most infinite thing in our finite life. The things that we have right now, won't be there forever. Cars will break down, phones will crash, we'll outgrow our houses..but the love of God never changes..the love of God will always be there.
Do we love other people like we love ourselves? The answer for most of us, including me, will probably be no, not as much as we should. Why? Because people let us down and we hate the feeling of being disappointed. People have the ability to break us, and mold us into what they want us to become. People have the ability to lie, cheat, steal, murder and harass, and why would we love those qualities? Why would we love the people who love to hurt us? The answer is simple to say but hard to taste. As Christians, and even as non-Christians, we were all created in the image of Christ, and because of that, we are expected to love one another. Because God loves our horrible qualities, too. God accepts the moments when my anger over takes me, God accepts the fact that i'm hard headed. And most importantly, God accepts the fact I am not and will never be perfect.
I received a text a while ago from one of my old coaches about the love of God..he reminded me that God's love for me wouldn't be stronger if my faith was, and it wouldn't be deeper if my thoughts were because God loves me, for me. His love for us isn't like the love of people, it doesn't increase with performance and decrease with mistakes. It is constant, it is pure, it is eternal. God reminds us of this in Romans 8:37-39, it says;
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It's a love far greater than the love you see in the movies, it's a forever kinda love..don't miss it.
Challenge: Think about what your life would be like if God didn't forgive you when you fell short..it should make accepting apologies a lot easier.