Everyone wants to be loved. We want to be in a meaningful, lifelong relationship with someone who will share our joys and sorrows, successes and failures. We want to be loved by someone who is loyal and compassionate, someone who overlooks our grumpiness when we’ve had a bad day, someone who understands our weaknesses, and inspires us to be the greatest version of ourselves. There are so many fake versions of love in the world that it is easy to get tricked by a counterfeit. It seems like true love until a difficult time comes and then true colors are revealed.
The Bible has a lot to say about what true love looks like, “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.” (I Cor. 13:4-7)
That is a beautiful picture, but who can be so perfect? The answer is that God can. The Bible tells us that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) That means God perfectly fits the definition above. He is our true love.
True love is not just fluffy feelings; it also involves self-sacrifice. Jesus gave the ultimate gift of love when he willingly died to pay the price for our sin. He did this because sin had created an impenetrable barrier between us and God’s holy presence. We would be separated from him for all eternity unless he gave up his perfect life to pay our debt. That is true love, and now nothing can separate us from it.
Dear God in heaven, I confess that I have looked for love in the wrong places, and I have been let down. I want the kind of true and perfect love that you offer. Thank you for giving your life for me, and please show me how to follow you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 8:38, 39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
1 John 4:8 - Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - 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 have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.