Love…What a beautiful word. Love is liberty. Are you free?We can learn so much about love in our relationship with Christ. I once heard someone say that the Bible is one big love story. If you think about it, it really is. The love that’s displayed in the Bible is beyond an individual’s capacity if they don’t love Christ. This love is not a natural love. It’s supernatural. Before God called me to discipleship I thought I knew about love. But there were times where I wondered if I truly had the capacity to love someone unconditionally. On one note, I thought I understood it, but when I was real with myself I understood that I didn’t really have the proper concept of it at all.Agape love is unconditional love. There are different types or variations of love, but agape is one that matters that truly matters; the others are fleeting, conditional and selfish. Agape love is the kind of love that will drive you to forgive and forget. It’s the kind of love that will change the way you speak and act. It’s the kind of love that will change the way you see people and life. Love is powerful. Love heals. Love mends. Love restores. Love endures. Love breaks down barriers. Love encourages. Love is peaceful. Love is gentle. Love is kind. Love is light. Love drives out darkness. Love is pure. Love is a mystery. Love breaks strongholds. Love forgives. And to think, there are people out there who are terrified of it. Here are a few scripture references for what God says about love:
1 John 4:8: whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Song of Solomon 8:6: …love is as strong as death.
1 Corinthians 13:2: “…if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:5: …love keeps no wrongs.”
Song of Solomon 8:7: “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away…”
I Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
Matthew 22:36-40: When asked about the greatest commandment of the Law, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
God says so much more about love. It's a book-worthy topic. But to put it in perspective, think about how God loves us. If you’ve ever read the Bible you know that the people of Israel committed adultery many times against God by putting other gods before him. Could you imagine being married and your husband or wife was constantly putting other men or women before you? Could you imagine being at the mercy of love to the point where you had to forgive him or her? Could you imagine having to not only forgive, but forget? God displayed their betrayal many times, but one that stands out to me was when Hosea was told to marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her (Hosea 1:2). God said the land was guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord. So that tells me love is faithful. Think about it, despite all that the land of Israel had done, God never stopped loving them. And he doesn’t change. Despite all that I’ve done, he still loves me. That won’t change. And no matter what you’ve done, he will always love you. I was unfaithful to God for years and he never left me. Never. He hasn’t and won’t leave you either. Turn your heart towards God and let him love, restore, heal and develop you into being the person he called you to be. Let his love purify and cleanse you. Let his love free you. I promise you won’t regret it.