LOVE. What comes to mind when ‘love‘ comes up? This world doesn’t revolve around you or I but we definitely thrive on love. Whether we give or receive it, seek or find it, we become part of or are separated from it, love has come to stay and will always be the moving force of life. The phases and faces of love.The first look on a new mother’s face as she holds her newborn after seeing the fruit of her push,sweat and gasps of breath. The sudden realization of a new father that these little eyes will look up to him in so many ways. That rushing and engulfed feeling of love that suddenly sweeps over their faces and hearts as they behold their little one -birthed from their groins. Is perhaps seen on a battlefield, as a wounded soldier is being shielded briefly within a circle of soldiers. The resounding sounds of hurried steps and a gathering dust behind the backs of his comrades as they swiftly move him to safety amidst thunderous war cries and gunshots. The unsteady yet gentle caress of a silver-haired man as he devotedly hold his dying wife of 57 years in his feeble yet firm arms. That friend who sticks his neck and fights off the school bully who never seems to get tired of shoving his best friend around on the school bus. The gentle encouragement of a teacher who still believes in a new student who is finding it hard to catch up with his new environment and make new friends. LOVE. It comes in different forms and shapes. It comes when we expect it or when we don’t deserve it. It is sometimes a tool that many negatively uses to control others for their mischievous gains. But do they succeed? Others take it for granted and many just keep on being hopeful of ‘better’ love.
You see? The Creator of Heaven and Earth thought of you and I even before the beginning of times. He had us in mind when He moved upon the surface of the earth and spoke light into existence; day or night. He gave us a place of abode. He created and brought forth whatever will be beneficial to the survival of man. Then, He made man and formed woman – all in the image and likeness of HIM;LOVE. And is all because of love. Love, love, love! Yes! Love gives meaning to life and God is LOVE. God gives meaning to our lives and when it feels like there’s no room for love in our hearts, warm up your heart in the fire of His WORD-the nourishment of our still,cold hearts. It is His nature and LOVE is HE.
Since love is too broad yet, too deep to dissect at a sitting, we may need more than ten thousands of years and even more to explain fully the mysterious nature of love. Such is GOD, or should I say LOVE? He is inexplicable, unfathomable and yet consistent in who He is and if we want to know, explain and understand love, then let’s start with Him. But can we explain Him?
Let’s start with Him, then us before others. After all, you cannot give what you don’t have? You cannot love yourself more until you’ve discovered who you are-child of GOD in love(GOD) and of GOD(love). You cannot love another until you’ve loved yourself first. And whenever our love tank seems half full or empty, we can only be filled full in GOD : not our friends, family, loved ones, career or mentor. We can only be full in Him. Love may seem hard and painful sometimes but those are the times you’ve got to love more. You either give more love from your full tank of love or you refill to be full of love from LOVE(GOD). For the Lord commands us to love each other as He does same for us (John 15:12). He doesn’t say when we feel like loving or only when the other has shown us love for us to reciprocate. He commands us to. It is sometimes almost humanely impossible to obey this ‘love rule’, but love is not of the flesh so we cannot rely on our flesh to love each other in trying times.
So, in looking for love, it starts with searching and seeking GOD. He found you in love but you must discover who you are in Love. 1 John 4:16 doesn’t say God has love although He has love. GOD is LOVE. He is. Is His nature and His being. He is Love.So, if we abide in GOD-LOVE, we abide in LOVE-GOD and He-LOVE abides in us. Looking for love? Search and seek GOD (LOVE) for He is Love. Finding Him, you’ve found the direct source of love. Your overflowing source of love and that is where all other streams of love flow from. Mother and child? Between lovers? Brothers and friends? Teacher and student? What kind of love? For the purest and undiluted of all forms of love spring from its source-LOVE of loves;GOD.
This is only an intro of the LOOKING FOR LOVE series. Do come back for the second part soon. Hope you had a good read. I hope love finds you or you’ve found love. ♥
Let love lead,