Looking for love in all the wrong places

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Ever since I was young, one thing my mother tried to instill in me was that I was to love everyone, no matter who they were or what they did, I was to love anyone that I came in contact with. I took this lesson with me throughout my life, I loved the people I came in contact with almost to a fault. I would put myself in positions of great vulnerability and despair. I understood that learning to love meant that you were also being exposed to the possibility of getting hurt. So how then am I supposed to protect myself? How can I make sure that I never go too far out on a limb or take too many chances. These questions ran through my head and as I started to become concerned about my feelings, I found myself loving the people around me less and less until all I loved was myself.
Aren’t you glad Jesus never worried about His feelings when it came to loving us? The Bible says that God is love, it’s not what He practices, it’s what He is. Our love for each other can be stained and marred from experiences that have literally crushed us, so much that we shut down our emotions and tendencies to love. So as humans we know that there are things people can do to make us love them and then there are things they can do to make us not love them. This is call conditional love, there are stipulations attached to this kind of love. It depends on how good you are, and sometimes what background you have. Sometimes it even depends socioeconomic status. Again aren’t you glad that the love God has for us is undeserved? There are secrets about me I wouldn’t tell to certain people because I believe they won’t love me anymore…I had a girlfriend that decided one day she wanted something else, she didn’t love me anymore. In the imperfect enterprise of human love, we gain and we lose, while looking for love in all the wrong places.

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We all know the famous scripture John 3:16…For God so LOVED the world. We see the uniqueness of God’s love toward us because the Bible tells us in Romans 5:7-8 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT) The AMP version puts it this way….Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His own love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One died for us. This scripture tells us that the love God has for us can neither be gained or lost…it’s not merited love, it doesn’t matter who you are, how big account is or how well you speak. He says I will send my Son to die, to reconcile us back to Himself. Everyday I meet people who speak of love as something that must be attained, fought for and merited while God’s arms are wide open telling us to come into His love. There is nothing you have done to make God stop loving you, He still loves you and He’s still waiting with open arms for you to come. It was love that made Him come to earth in human form, it was love that made Him endure the beating and ridicule, it was love that made Him stay on the cross. It was with love that he uttered “forgive them” in the final moments of His life. It was love that raised Him up on the third day…and it’s because He loves why He’s coming back again! Don’t miss out in this love, I promise you no woman or man can love you like Jesus loves you. Psalm 86:5 says… For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You. Call upon Him today, He will heal your broken heart and remove the pain of hurt with just a touch of His love. You’ll never find a love so genuine and so pure…He’ll never break your heart or let you down. Once you experience this love, you’ll have no other choice but to sing along with the songwriter:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Love Of God written in 1917 by Frederick M. Lehman.

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