I have been thinking about love these past few days. My thoughts were triggered by our Worship With Word scripture focus a couple weeks ago out of Psalm 63.
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” •Psalm 63:1-3•
His lovingkindness is better than life. I looked at the word lovingkindness in the Hebrew, and it speaks of His goodness, kindness, devotion, faithfulness, mercy, and unchanging love. When I looked at the individual Hebrew letters and their definitions, His lovingkindness encompasses grace, life, God’s support and protection, the joining of man to God, Holy Spirit, power of God, and repentance. Again, I am amazed in seeing the connection of a life bent in humility before the Lord and the release of grace and power, ultimately becoming one with Jesus as He is with the Father. It is so beautiful!
In my study, I decided to look up the word love in the English dictionary. Love is defined as “an intense feeling of deep affection, a person or thing that one loves, and to feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).” This is the simple definition. When it look at the full definition, it does eventually mention “God’s fatherly concern for mankind” and a “brotherly concern for others”, but the first definition is predominant in what I’ve found. Love is an “intense feeling”, a feeling of affection, which can be of a familial, devotional, and/or sexual nature.
But love is so much more! Love is NOT just a strong feeling. Feelings come and go. Love is a laid down lifestyle that affects ALL situations and ALL relationships. Love is a person. That person is God. That person, in the flesh, was and is Jesus. Heidi Baker was quoted, saying, “Love looks like something…” What does it look? How do I know real love? How do I find it and hold onto it? Through my own personal walk with Jesus, and according to what is written in the Word, here is my definition of love.
Love is a Person. God IS Love. Love is patient and so kind in that He suffers much, laying down His life that all would know freedom and truth. Love stands in boldness for truth and justice in the midst of pride, selfish ambition, and pain, and yet, Love covers a multitude of sins, covers the broken, and the fatherless. Love chooses to forgive and submits to discipline. Loves bears the burden, believes, endures, and sustains hope in everything. Love chooses others first, and does not seek to be seen. Love is strong, bold, and confident, yet exhibits meekness and a servant heart. Love is forever faithful and encouraging, cultivating wisdom, righteousness, and strength. Love chooses LIFE, sacrificing everything to bring about redemption, restoration, and new life. Love sees passed confusion and deception, the hard exterior, and sees the tender, broken heart longing for something more, something real.
Love is a Person. We need real Love. We need God. We love because He first loved us. Love is eternal. Love NEVER fails. Love is so much more than a feeling, affection, and physical touch and intimacy. Love is a STATE OF BEING. Abiding in God. All who abide in God, abide in Love. Love is an all-consuming fire that conquers death, that burns away all that ties us down then compels us to holiness, truth, joy, and abundant life! Love looks like something. Like Someone. Love looks like Jesus.
“For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” •Ephesians 3:14-21•
Father God, let us overflow with Love, that Your glory would be displayed in and through us into the world! Let us be enveloped in Your faithfulness and strength, that we would arise fearless and on fire in the beauty of Your great Love and holiness. Let us be gentle as a lamb yet bold as a lion! We want to walk in Your Love that produces confidence, joy, and HOPE. In Your Love, You have made us so much more than conquerors. We are Your sons, Your daughters, kings and priests; we are Your beloved! Nothing can separate us from Your strong Love! You are GOOD and Your mercy endures forever!