As this week our country celebrates valentines, I wanted to talk about LOVE. So many of my teenage years to young adult life was wasted searching out love. Like many of us, I just wanted to be noticed, loved, and cared for. Only I didn’t realize that cupid and hearts were not going to satisfy the hunger for love but rather mess with my mind.
The LOVE of JESUS is the only true love that has satisfied my need to feel special. God GAVE up his son so that we could be redeemed and experience LOVE in a whole new way. Once you experience it FOR REAL, nothing else will ever live up to this kind love.
This love is:
REAL, GENUINE, COMFORTING, HEALING, SOFT, ACCEPING, DEEP, INTIMATE, FULLFILLING, FREE, SACRIFICIAL, LOYAL, SATISFYING, NOURISHING, SUFFICIENT, WHOLESOME, REWARDING.
My relationship with my husband only got better when my relationship with Jesus got REAL. I share my life story in an earlier blog post (check it out HERE). God found me, saved me, and loved me even when I was unlovable. After this transformation of my HEART, everything changed. I saw life with different eyes. I began to see faults in myself rather than everyone else (even though to others I appeared to be a perfect, loving person). Because of Christ in me, I became more loveable.
I want you to take one thing from this post: When Christ transforms us, only through His LOVE for us, we are able to TEST and APPROVE (Romans 12:2) what God’s will is for us. His will is for us to worship Him and live freely everyday.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
It’s done through the TRANSFORMATION of our HEART and MIND when we repent from our old ways of thinking. Before, I thought that I needed LOVE from a relationship with a guy. But this is the “worlds” view of love. This misconception lead me to look for love in the wrong places. Unfortunately, I wasted many years in deception. I wish that someone would have told me and laid it out for me. This is why my passion is so great, to share the truth with you all. I want you to know that there will never be love on earth that will live up to the true LOVE of God that is given to us through the Holy Spirit.
1. Confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord,"
2. Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10
He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. He is always with us. He is with us when we go through happy memories. He holds our hand when we go through times when we feel like ALL hope is lost. He will never remember our sins. God looks at us through Jesus and sees the perfection of LOVE in us.
Longing for a LOVE that you can’t get from anyone but Jesus
That’s why Job was able to go through the turmoil and hell on earth and end up better than okay. He was given back double for what he lost. His love for God was real. It was sacrificial. When we learn to love God like Job did, we would be willing to sacrifice everything. The promises of God, His love, and His grace are sufficient enough. Some may say that what Job had to loose is not worth the sacrifice nor the relationship with God. But is it? What have you given up for the love of Christ? What are you willing to give up for this kind of love? From my experiences I can now say that I would give it all up for my God. Because as in the story of Job, when you have God on your side, you can get through anything! So you see, what you are going through is only for a time, a season, or maybe a decade. But the everlasting joy that comes from the Holy Spirit will last for eternity. I don’t know about you, but for me, I say that it is worth it. The only true love is Jesus and NOTHING or ANYONE can replace it or even come close to it.
Everything about God is LOVE. Our very first Sunday school verse: for GOD so LOVED the WORLD that He GAVE His ONE and only son for us so we can be with Him forever. So you see, God loves you no matter what your past may look like. He forgave you even when He knew that you would sin against him. He loved you before you were created. He stands with His hands stretched out, waiting for you to come and enjoy His LOVE.
DON’T BE DECEIVED
I have an amazing husband that loves me and I love him. We love each others company and laugh so much. I am so blessed that God has given me this amazing man in my life. But my husband cannot replace the love of God and the Peace that I receive when I am in His presence. The enemy is very crafty in misleading us about love. We expect people to fill the void only God can fill. We put so much pressure on the people around us, thinking that they somehow owe us love but only find ourselves hurt and broken hearted. No one can replace
GUARD YOUR HEART
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
I have seen this pain in so many different relationships. Parents get hurt when their kids move on with their own lives; Friends become enemies after a few disagreements; siblings hold grudges for years for whatever silly reason and divorce is becoming more normal than actual marriage. But what we often forget is that only Jesus can fill our void of being truly loved. I don’t think that its fair to hold people accountable for they can NEVER give us.
This week, I want you to join me in expressing your love to the ONLY TRUE LOVE who has given sacrificial for you and me. The price paid for this LOVE is immeasurable by any human standards.
It’s never too late to ask Jesus to be your true love. Once we will be able to love others in a new way. We would see people how God sees them.
Lord, thank you for loving me the way that no other man, woman, boy, girl, daughter, father can love me. I thank you for being my companion when I’m lovely. Thank you for being my healer, healing my relationships. You are my one and only true love.