Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Love: Our Greatest Desire

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."  -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is a subject that is the most important desire for every one of us.  We can pretend to be strong enough to not need love in our life but that only ends with depression.  The harsh truth is no matter how strong you think you are you are nothing without love.  We have no purpose without it.

Love is the reason God created us, it is the root of creation.  He first loved us.  In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve were created because of love however their greatest sin was also because of love.  Love for self.

At the beginning of creation God was love and poured out his love onto the earth.  Sadly, it was Satan who perverted that love and turned the innocent love for what God created into pride (love of self) as we saw in the choice that Eve made.

God created love to draw us nearer to Him and we must remember this when we are focusing our attention on things of the world.

Love is our greatest pursuit and our greatest desire.  When we have a desire for a spouse, to be accepted, recognition, even to get a pet.  Furthermore, what exactly are we chasing when we desire marriage, children, recognition, or even a pet?

I find in my own life I desire love, love, love and more love!  Love is still the cause and the cure.  You can see love clearly when you look at your desires.  Desire to protect, to care for, to nurture, to know right from wrong, to help others, to encourage, to provide, etc.  These desires are unexplainable in physical terms so obviously the solution will not be a physical one.  Love can make us appear crazy or irrational but love catapults us into what we know to be our purpose.

Another question we must ask ourselves is how do we learn to love?  What is our example of love?  Are we loved first in order how to learn to love others?  If we were not loved first how would we know how to desire or pursue it?  How can we explain our NEED for love.  Not just a want but a deep seeded need knowing you need it for survival.  Without love we have no desire to live.  People face depression because they feel unloved.

"We love because he first loved us."   -1 John 4:19

We seek love like we seek food to nourish our body.  We know we need it to live.  Even if its perverted into a love of self.  We desire this love because it makes us feel like we are living.  Especially if we are lacking it.  So where do you look for love?

On the other side we can confuse love with emotions.  Love can make us feel alive at such a depth we may compare it to a supernatural experience.  It can give us purpose and can keep us alive.

Love is also about trust.  Whether that love is with a family member or the Heavenly Father.  It is through love we learn to trust.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control."  -Galatians 5:22-23

We can love God or think we are loving him but we seek a love from another human.  This can be dangerous if our focus is on this physical experience.  What happens when this physical experience does not nourish your desire?

We think if people love us then we will feel complete.  This is just another example of perverted love.  Married couples sometimes refer to their spouse of their better half.  I know it is more a term of endearment but it just rubs me the wrong way.  God is the only one that can make us feel whole.  We cannot depend on another human to feel complete.

I was encouraged to write this because I see so many of my brothers and sisters craving love as if they are trying to find a satisfying meal.  We are running around from restaurant to restaurant trying to find the richest, most satisfying steak to give us that full feeling when in actuality this meal is only prepared by our Father in Heaven.  There is no meal on earth that can satisfy this craving.  This meal is only made by our Heavenly Father and in Him you will find true nourishment, true rest, and the love you are so desperately seeking.

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