We often times misuse the word love, and I say webecause I am truly guilty of it. “Ugh! I LOVE those shoes!” “Ugh! I LOVE their cheeseburgers”. It mostly has to do with fashion and food if I’m being honest. Mostly food though. In these empty proclamations I am convinced that the perpetual use has caused us to be callus at times to what love truly is. Patient, kind, long-suffering. Because of the bliss of love, I believe we tend to make love out into a fairytale or fantasy. Not realizing that as blissful as love is. It is also painful. I do NOT mean in any abusive way. I mean in a selfless, I’m willing to go to the cross, way. I’m going to go just a little deep but not too deep. Jesus did not kill Himself. He laid His life down but He did not take it. Christ in His 33 years encountered numerous death threats and situations where people literally wanted to kill Him. Not because He was evil but because He was undeniably the truth and the Messiah. And if we are honest with ourselves there have been times that we have hid from m, disdained, and even became angry with the truth. Why didn’t He lay His life down all the other times to prove His love? What was so different when it came to that day that He gave himself and forever changed our destiny? Trusting the perfect will of God may lead you to a cross, but it can also resurrect you. Satisfying the anger of an ignorant people is not love. Love is so much deeper. It looks beyond a moment. It is not irrational. It’s by the book! There is a formula to love. We don’t like to hear that because we like to add our own ingredients. We like to throw part of ourself in the mix rather than stick to the book. Christ fulfilled actual prophecy. He fulfilled what was foretold literally from the mouth of God. He said “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel.””
Genesis 3:15 NLT.
Love has this forbearance for what is beyond the moment. It foresees. A wise mans does not marry a woman just for who she is but for everything she will be. And that’s just human love. When you take the sovereignty of God’s love. The unconditional, unyielding love of the Father you see that His love is literally tougher than nails. It has this incredible ability to do what is physically impossible. Ezekial 36:26 says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Ezekiel 36:26 CSB
That sounds impossible! Then you move to chapter 47 verse 8 and it says “He said to me, “This water flows out to the eastern region and goes down to the Arabah. When it enters the sea, the sea of foul water, the water of the sea becomes fresh.”
Ezekiel 47:8 CSB. In one translation it actually says “it goes into the Dead Sea and it is healed”. He is that Living Water and in Him is that power to heal what was dead. To resurrect what was crucified. Because that’s the power of LOVE! In order to operate in that love we must let God in, and in order to reconcile with God we must receive Christ. I want to encourage you to seek Christ like never before. To know Him IS to know love!