Love is a beautiful thing. People love a person, a particular meal, a musician, a destination, etc.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘love’ as warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion; the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration.
In our society, the word love is used so casually it can be challenging to discern true love and how it translates into God’s love for us as believers. Society can love something one minute and despise it the next. On the contrary, God’s love can never change. His love is constant.
His love never fails.
His love is everlasting and unwavering.
Despite our mistakes or any situation, nothing separates from the love of God.
God’s Word says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39 NIV)
It can be an overwhelming idea to conceptualize God’s love for us because in our hearts we expect God to treat us the same way humans have in the past. God is not like man; He cannot lie. We have to renew our minds and hearts and truly grasp that God’s love is true and complete.
Social media will have us scrolling through everyone’s pages, liking, double tapping, and screenshotting images of a highlight reel. Thoughts of comparison may roam through our minds.
We may ask questions to God, “When will it be my turn?!” “Have you forgotten about me, Lord?” The love of a Godsent life partner will not fill a void only Jesus can fill. Our spouse will complement us, not complete us. We have to be intentional about giving our entire heart, our cares and lives to the One who knows the end from the beginning.
God’s will is absolutely perfect and He will not hold any perfect gift from us. As His children we have to trust His will for our lives completely. God wants to bless us. He wants to see us have joy.
We have to remain unwavering in our faith. We have to declare that all things work together for our good! Each day of our lives is ordered by God. He covers us, He prunes us, He shows us grace and mercy and He loves us unconditionally.
He’s such a good Father!
There is protection in God’s no.
There is protection in God’s wait.
Instead of being disappointed in our current single season, it is important to conduct frequent heart checks. Are you showing patience to your coworkers? Are you being light and salt in the earth to the cashier at the grocery store? Are you exhibiting self control with that difficult manager?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV)
Our feelings of disappointment can be transformed into opportunities for serving. How can you help someone else?
Love is a beautiful thing. Embracing the love of God is such a precious gift. His perfect love casts out all fear (I John 4:18). His love covers anxiety, lack, criticism, and rejection. We have to learn how to surrender our hearts to God and allow Him to heal our hearts. We cannot move forward in what God has for us if we are stuck in the past. We have to be able to open our hearts and receive God’s unfailing love. We should remain content with what God has given us in this current season. Life has its trials and tests, but we must pass the tests and understand that trials come to develop endurance, character and hope. We want our tree to bear fruit. We want to be honorable displays of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Our souls should be secure in God’s love. Open your arms; He’s waiting to shower you with the love of a lifetime!
Sharice B. Jones is a woman who has truly seen the power of God manifest in her life. A native of Chicago, Illinois and current resident of Atlanta, GA, she currently works in food safety and walks with faith and purpose to be salt and light in the earth. Sharice loves to cook, travel, and encourage those she encounters daily. Follow her on IG: @reese_squared