Friday, February 14, 2014

Love is a person

Valentine’s Day is here and it’s a celebration of romantic love. Romantic love is a wonderful thing. Like I said, I’m not throwing any shade this year on people who have that in their lives. I honestly think there should be a prize of some sort for each year of remaining faithful to one person. It’s a big deal to partner together and do life with someone. But for those who don’t have that, and even for those that do, there’s something even greater. It’s God’s love.

The image that always comes to mind when I consider God’s love for me is a scene with Liam Neesen and his daughter in the first “Taken” movie. It’s the one where he finally finds her. The daughter looks shocked to see him and with tears in her eyes she says, “You came for me,” to which he replies, “I told you I would.” Let me tell you, as a girl who never had a dad, that scene messes me up every time. It also perfectly captures a father’s love. He would’ve stopped at nothing to get his daughter back.
That’s exactly God’s sentiment towards us. He created utopia and human beings for fellowship with him. That was ruined when we believed there was something more satisfying than all that God had already given. Once we were separated from God, ancient law required that a sacrifice be made to atone for sin. Instead of punishing us like we would’ve deserved, God offered himself in the form of Jesus to be that living sacrifice. In laying down his life, he showed himself as being both just (because the law had to be fulfilled) and merciful (because he took the L instead of us).
The gospel is a love story. It’s about God’s fierce, passionate pursuit to restore us to himself. And he didn’t just do one act of love and then stop. He continually pursues us and invites us to know him intimately. This isn’t some guy that can’t be bothered to text you back. He’s not a lover that drops you after he gets what he wants. He is the lover of your soul who’s willing to go to the ends of the earth and back just for you.
On this Valentine’s Day remember that love is not just a feeling. It’s not just for those with a romantic connection. Love is a person and that person is Jesus.

*Here’s a playlist of my personal favorites that might help you feel the eternal love that God has for you
Your love is extravagant- Performed by Tribe of Benjamin
You know me- Performed by Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger
Spoken for- Mercy Me
Everlasting love- Performed by Tony Terry
Divine love- Performed by Jaye Thomas

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