So this is Love

The youngest grandson is a bit over one, he’s been slower to warm up to me than the others. But recently, when I enter his home or he comes to mine, he comes running, arms up – and in my embrace, his head buries deep.

Sweet as my grandchildren’s, children’s, husband’s, friend’s love is…it’s fickle, just like mine. If I chastise them, pouty lips come out. If they hurt my feelings, folded arms are raised. This weary world searches desperately for love – defines it with words, or gifts, or demonstrations, or time. But definitions fall short and all the searching is never satisfied.

“Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins.” (1Peter 4:8 GNT) And why is it we so long for this elusive thing we’ve named love?

I’m thinking before any first breaths, there was Love. The One who made us is infinite Love. Planted soul-deep is real love and God longs for us not to so much look for it, but to live it and give it, knowing that in those we will be most satisfied.

Nothing wrong with our acts and demonstrations of love. Nothing wrong with our longings for love. But all this is best met, and given, when we are filled with the Source of unending, relentless, ever-pursuing love – Jesus. “And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” (1John 4:16b HCSB)

The Holy Spirit’s first gift to us? Love. It’s first in the line-up of the things He fills us with. The last question Jesus asked Peter “Do you love Me?” – three times. Really? Do we?

Then let’s live it. In the living of love we will find love. Been right with us since the moment we asked the Savior to take over our life, we just forget it’s not to be hoarded. Freely given, it multiplies to overflowing.

Whenever we feel the least like giving love, in that moment, if we can remember to praise God for His love, we will be transformed and so will the heart in front of us. So this is love. “We love because God first loved us.” (1John 4:19 GNT)


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