Over 20 years ago love came down from heaven visited me and stayed. I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Powerful moments are like that, it stays ingrained in your soul. It was evening and I was kneeling down at my bedside praying fervently to know Christ whom I read about in the bible. “Lord, if you are real please reveal yourself to me” I prayed. The next morning while attending a church service the fire of God baptized me while my eyes were closed. I had simply been standing and praying with other believers when this occurred. In only what can be described as a supernatural experience I saw in my mind the clouds open up and a bright ray of light pierce through the sky and zoom straight into my core being. The feeling was so overwhelming, LOVE. A love that I never knew or felt in my life. That was the true love of God. God is love, real, tangible, a fire, a rushing wind and all-consuming. It was after that experience that I was able to hear the voice of the father through His word and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
Contrast God’s love in the form of Jesus Christ whom came down from heaven to die for us to what society sells us as love and there is no comparison. Instead, the result of man’s best effort to love without God in a world of sin has given us broken relationships along with other societal issues. Those that naturally should love and cherish you are oftentimes the ones that don’t. Our closest relationships seem to inflict the most pain to our hearts …father, mother, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend. I find it grievous that the majority of humanity does not know this supernatural love that is available.
True love from God enables us to love each other unconditionally the way we were intended to love. Instead relationships are now based on ulterior motives. Selfish pursuits and ones own materialistic desires or society expectations drives the selection …. he/she has a high paying career, is an actress, model, attorney, or any of those ‘titles’ that society holds in high esteem is a sought after criteria in pursuing a relationship. Granted, if you are a Christian whom has been blessed in your career one has to be cognizant that being taken advantage of even from the most unassuming love interest can occur since deception abounds (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Our media and entertainment elevates the superficial and outward appearance as beauty and success, instead of the character of the heart and the fruit of the Spirit (John 15:18 Galatians 5:22). Transparency in communication is viewed as a weakness when shown and authenticity is rare as a fine diamond. Sadly the fakery and cold hearts is also in the church and amongst those whom call themselves Christians. This cold love is indicative of the times we live in. Oh how it must break the father’s heart that our hearts grow cold and hardened mirroring unbelievers.
And because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold. – Matthew 24:12
The hope we have is that there IS one love that will never leave us nor grow cold, it’s His Furious Love. God wants to show us His true love and pour it into our souls if we just let Him in.
The below quote in its simplicity explains love in a relationship pretty well. General assumptions being the relationship is a Godly one to begin with and both parties are equally yoked (believer’s in Christ, 2 Corinthians 6:14) .
Love isn’t something that causes everything in two people’s lives to all of a sudden become perfect. What makes love so powerful is the fact that it can help make a situation that isn’t at all perfect, a situation involving two imperfect people, and putting them together in a manner that perfectly supports them and in a manner that helps to encourage both parties to grow.
Many go through their relationships mistakenly thinking that everything should happen as they miraculously do in the movies, and end up dooming their relationships before these relationships are given a really good chance to start.
Don’t give in to the trials and tribulations that you will surely face in your relationships, remember that any relationship worth keeping is worth fighting for. Keep fighting for your love, because though love is not perfect, it is perfect in its imperfection. Quote from – J. Johnson, Search Quotes
I love this song ‘Furious’ by Jeremy Riddle, it’s a reminder of how strong and fierce God’s love is for us. Thank you Jesus for giving us a love that is pure, all consuming and one that will never leave us. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8