If you loved me, you would… You don’t love me because… Real love doesn’t…
We put fine print on love. Only thing is, we’re not the only ones with fine print. A world full of broken hearts begs ‘just love me’. And because that looks so different to each of us, the brokenness continues.
But there’s this love we overlook. The breeze in our hair on a hot day, the food budget that stretches enough to feed tummies, the pillow to rest on each night. Love saying: ‘I’m all around you, yours for the taking.’ “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.” (1John 3:16 NIV)
The exciting part is the Father raised Him back to life – so we could take His hand and walk in a love that has no fine print. Only bold letters. A book of letters showing our brokenness, His provision, and that the best is coming. That’s a love letter!
Then there’s the hard life things – making us question. Does God really love me? Because if He did He wouldn’t let this happen.
Sometimes hard things say love best. Our fine print says only the outcome that’s happy or my answer shows love. Lisa Appelo, who knows what it is to walk the hard road, to cry valleys of tears recently said: “But God’s love has been proved – not by giving us an outcome but by giving us the cross.”
I’m thinking those who witnessed the cross did not think it appeared to be a happy answer. Turns out it is the happiest answer ever.
An answer to all the bad we’ve done/will do. An answer to all the bad that has happened/will happen to us. The answer that says we are loved because someday “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4 NLT)
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – chocolates, flowers, cards, I love yous for some – loneliness for others. Questioning for too many. Today if we are blessed with confident love can we give some away? Today if your heart is more a broken mess, will you chance it one more time? Jesus wants to shower you with comfort, lavish you with an ever love.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1John 3:1a NIV)
If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME! So glad you are here!
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