Sunday Morning Word: Lover

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7 (NIV)

Too often people, myself included, look for love in all of the wrong places. We’re lonely, we’re still hurting from those who have wronged us in the past, whether they’d be ex-lovers, family members, or friends, and we think that the only way we can heal from the pain is to crawl in bed with someone new, force our minds to forget our problems by occupying ourselves with a new distraction that we think is love.

The end result is opposite of what we expect, however. We find ourselves in more pain and suffering than ever before. You cannot depend on a man or a woman to heal you from your torment. Asking your boyfriend or your girlfriend to be your Savior not only puts unnecessary pressure on them and traps them in a relationship that probably isn’t meant to be (because they feel obligated to do everything to make you happy, to please you, and keep you from harming yourself), but it also grants them power over your life. A mere human has that great of an effect on you that if they were to leave, you would actually die? What does that say about your true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? One who gave up his life just so you could have it everlasting.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16; KJV).

True love comes from God. So many people talk about the wrath of God, but never His unconditional love. If God was such an angry God, so many of us would be dead and gone by now. “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8). A Father loves His children; He doesn’t want to bring death and damnation upon us. In fact, He doesn’t, we do that to ourselves by disobeying His commands, just as Adam and Eve did when they ate of the forbidden fruit.

If you are sick of all of the pain and hurt and are looking for love to fill that void that no other man or woman has been successful in filling, look for it in Jesus Christ above, the only love you need, for He said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

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