“Love is the overflowing result of one person in true fellowship with another”-Oswald Chambers.
The world holds such a twisted view of what love is. It’s that type of love we often see manifested in day to day life, but it’s completely self-seeking. Someone says, “I love…” such and such a person or thing, yet their actions prove something different. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love does not seek it’s own.
In my life, I make the widely detrimental mistake of progressing forward in relationships with people based on my past experiences. It can be hard to trust and be open, as a result of the hurt others in the past have caused. Worse than relating this to people, though, I can find myself, if I’m not careful, relating it to God and His love toward me.
I think about friends or family who have said they loved me, but caused me a lot of pain. I know some of them meant it, while others I’m not so sure. Whether they actually did love me or not, they were only capable of love in their messed up human ways, but that’s the only way we can “love” without Christ. We can’t possess that fullness verse 19 describes. So people go around inflicting all sorts of harm on others in the name of this pathetic, shallow excuse for love.
The type of love Christ holds for the church, His children, is not anything like the world’s love. It is something I can trust in- be rooted, grounded, and rest in. His perfect love casts out all the fear I can still hold onto from experiences. He paid the ultimate price, death on the cross, for love. “By this we know love, because He laid His life down for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 1 John 3:16.
There’s nothing I want more than to be rooted and grounded in the love the Lord offers. I want to be so full of this Godly love that I pour it out into others, naturally. The key is abiding in the truth the Scriptures have to offer. “Heaven and earth may pass but My words will by no means pass away” Matthew 24:35. So when the Creator of the universe says He loves me and died for me, that is a promise I can surely rest in.
Application: In studying the book of John, I will be sure to highlight the love Jesus shows to the people He encounters.