Wednesday, February 16, 2011

His Love= Real, Reliable Love

So Monday was Valentine’s day.

How many of us think Valentine’s Day is overrated? How often do we focus on romantic love when it comes to Valentine’s Day?

This Valentine’s was amazing., not because I had a boyfriend (which I didn’t and still don’t) but because of the amazing guys here at school. They gave us each a rose with a very encouraging “speech”. They let us know how “exceptional” we are and how much they appreciate us. We don’t need a boyfriend to feel special or wanted.  
            I focused on God’s love this time. His love is perfect and enough for me. While this world is so focused on conditions, His love isn’t. Sure, we can say, “God’s love is unconditional” easily, but do we really realize how great this truth is? We don’t have to do absolutely anything in order for Him to love us. He loves us just the way we are.

            If we rely on man’s love in order to feel complete and wanted, we will be disappointed. We, being human, are selfish and are always letting each other down. He is the only one who we can always rely on. When He makes a promise, know that He intends on seeing it through. With man, we always have a bit of doubt. Just as He is 100% reliable, we can know that His love is 100% everlasting and complete.

His love heals. When we are hurt, we can turn to Him. He cries when we cry. When He wraps us His loving arm around us, we feel safe. No matter what this world throws at us, we can know that He will protect us. He didn’t promise that the road would be easy; but He did promise He’d walk with us.

His love is patient. He is the perfect gentleman. He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. He doesn’t force Himself inside. How many times have we encountered a boy/girl and they have tried to force us to love them? They chase us, call us, follow us, hang out with us, etc. because they think that in doing so, we’ll like them. Jesus isn’t like that. He wants us to want Him. He waits for us to love or desire Him.

Love always protects. How many times have you stuck up for someone you love? I’m a protective person. When I hear that my sisters are being teased or hurt by someone, my immediate response is to find the person and beat their brains out. However, since that isn’t Christian-like (not that I would do it anyway, I promise), I usually just give them a long talk on never teasing them again. Anyway, true love protects us from hurt. Jesus doesn’t want to see us get hurt. Sometimes we view Him as judging and critical because of all the rules that seem to be placed on Christians. However, when we look at all of His commandments, we see that these were placed for our own benefit as well. Jesus protects us from harm because He loves us.

One of my favorite verses is John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.” His love is the ultimate kind of love. There is no greater love. He loved us so much that He chose to die for us. This is the greatest kind of love. It is the only love that we can find ultimate fulfillment and peace.

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