The word love probably has been one of the most used words from the time past to present. Everyone has been wanting to have this in their lives. Everyone longs for it. That affirmation of love somehow completes our being. Some have even become so desperate in finding love that they wouldn’t mind hurting themselves and others.
How can love be so powerful that it can drive one crazy? The world has defined loved in so many ways. If asked where we can see and demonstrate love, most would say we can get it from our families, friends and romantic relationships. Generally speaking, we experience love when we receive it from the people around us. When kind acts are done to us, affirmed with loving words, served, helped, protected, provided – those are times when we feel we are loved. All of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced receiving love. But why is it that every now and then, we still need to refill ourselves with it? Does this mean that love runs out? That you can have it now and lose it the next day? Do each of us have a love tank that we need to work hard on making sure that it’s always full and would never go empty?
It seems like love is our lifeline – that once we lose it, we’re gone. Perhaps there is some truth in it. Love is the reason why we live. We are beings created out of love. We were born because of our parents’ love for each other. Some may say otherwise but basing it on our earthly definition of love, then yes, it may be the reason why we were born.
Some may argue that they were born out of wedlock and were “unintentional.” Still, there’s a greater love that brought us all to life. And that is the love of God. He created us out of love and because of love. And because God is love, everything he created is made of love. (1 John 4:8)
We are created out of the perfect love of God. But why does it seem like we still thirst for it every now and then here on earth? Have we been missing out on something? If we feel incomplete, whenever we don’t get the love we are looking for from this world, we really are missing the point. We may misunderstand what love really means.
Let’s look into what the bible tells us about the love of our Creator. In 1 John 4:10 it says,
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and
sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
The act of love shown here was when God gave His own Son for us. He gave up Jesus on the cross for the sake of restoring our union with Him that was broken when sin came to man. God showed His love through giving, not taking. He initiated extending His love. God is not in need of our love, He wants it. Our response to love Him back is because we have experienced what love is (1 John 4:19). He takes delight in our love.
If God demonstrates his perfect love through giving, then this maybe the secret formula we need to learn about love. It’s not about taking. Love is always about giving. When we look at love as something we must get from this world, nothing will ever suffice. But when we look at love as something we could give because we are complete and perfect in the love God has for us, our love tank will never run dry. For He who fills it is unlimited. His love will never run out. His love is always readily available for us. Let us be filled with the love of our creator and let ourselves over flow!
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Writer’s Bio: Krish San Juan is an artist and a soul redeemed by Christ. A leader and a catalyst. Her heart is for the poor and the lost. Passionate in making Jesus known through media, her strength comes from being vulnerable in the Lord.