Let me go ahead and warn you…this post is all about the love of God, but that video down there is quite secular. It’s an autobiographical love song. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful love songs of our time. An instant classic, for sure. When I first heard this song, I was immediately drawn in by it. What woman doesn’t want to experience the type of love described in this song? It is devout. It is unashamed. It is imperfectly perfect. It is unconditional.
My initial reaction to the song was a jaw drop. I was in awe of how sweet it was. Then, I experienced a longing…then I became hopeful. Finally, I began to feel grateful. I experience the type of love that John Legend sings about every.single.day. The bible tells us in John 3:16 that “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It is clear to us through this verse that God has a tremendous heart for us. It reminds of us His demonstration of that love through actions as opposed to just words. That alone, is worth having a glad and thankful heart, but God’s love runs so much deeper than that.
Most of us can name someone that we love. I don’t mean someone that we are just fond of…I mean someone that we really, really love. We can probably list many reasons for loving them. Perhaps they are physically attractive, intelligent, funny, and a good listener. Maybe we love the way they find interest in the things that we like to do, we might like the way that they dress, or it could be that we enjoy sampling their amazing culinary skills. It might be that they are ambitious or generous or compassionate or helpful. I’m sure that someone came into your mind as you read through those last few sentences. Now, ask yourself…would you still love the person in your mind if they stopped being every single one of these things?
There are levels to love. Phileo is brotherly love…like the type shared between friends. Eros is sexual love. Agape is unconditional love. It is how God loves. It is the only way that love can last a lifetime. It is illogical and completely selfless. The other types of love are easily influenced and fluctuate based on feelings, which are fickle in nature. Agape love says that MY LOVE FOR YOU IS NOT DETERMINED BY YOU, BUT IT IS RATHER A CHOICE THAT I HAVE MADE.
God does not love us because we are so good. He doesn’t love us because we are worthy. He doesn’t love us because we are obedient. He definitely doesn’t love us because He has to do so. God loves us not because we are lovable, but because He is loving. He has made a choice on His own to cover us with His love no matter what we think…or say…or do. Now think…who do you love in this way?
God has called for us to love each other as He loves us. If we find that we “fall out” of love, what we have truly realized is that we were never loving unconditionally in the first place. When it comes to our relationships with the people that we care about, we have to remember that true agape love cannot be swayed by time, distance, or circumstance. When we allow this to resonate, we will find that we are able to love more completely and more like God, who has provided the model for us.
Receive the love of God. Reciprocate the love of God. Share the love of God. Make up your mind to love people no matter what. Call or text someone and tell them, “I love you…and there is nothing that you can do about it.”
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39
Be blessed, beautiful. 🙂