What's Love Got to Do with it
Okay, I know that this is a little cheesy primarily because it is February and Valentines day is coming up, but really what does love have to do with anything? In reality it is everything. Let's take a look at a scripture that we say, yet overlook. John 3:16 "For GOD so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Love comes from God. We make a big deal about it because he is the big deal. He is the reason why we value the importance of love, because he is love. I want to dissect this concept a little bit further. Because we are created in God's image we desire to be loved and we desire to love to a certain capacity as people. We desire to be loved, and yet are we really loving on the one who loved us first? Are we really giving him our all and giving him everything that we have. He meets and supplies our needs and in reality surpasses our dreams in ways that we never expected to be possible. One of my goals this year is to love more than I ever thought I could. What I mean by this is to be able to love people past what they think is their capacity of being loved. Still complex? For a moment I thought I was only able to be loved to a certain degree and that the rest of my life I would only be loved to the capacity that I thought love was. This love was very broken and tainted. This love meant that I was bruised and broken, but in the midst of trying to find love in all the wrong places I found myself learning that I need to learn to love God and be loved by the one who loved me first before I can love and be loved by anyone else. Love is not just a physical love, but it is demonstrating the joy and beauty of his grace. Loving someone beyond their failures. Showing them the love of Jesus and being encouraging even if you barely know them or know what they are going through. Loving them beyond their rejection towards you. Why? Because even when I rejected the one who created love, he still chose to love me even more. Love has everything to do with it.