I think everyone in this world is searching for love. Love is an anchor, it’s security; we all crave it.
This doesn’t exclude people who love and follow Christ. We hear about this great salvation, this hope that anchors the soul, and we love it. Then, we promptly turn away and go searching through the world for love.
We’ve got it all wrong.
John was obsessed with love, both the love of God and love shown toward others. In 1 John, he wrote (3:1),
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Paul also recognized the greatness of the love of God, calling us ‘dearly loved’ in Colossians 3.
Folks, we are LOVED. If we are Christians, we most likely know this in our heads-after all, why else would Christ sacrifice everything so that his creation could be sanctified and drawn near? Yet, this has to stop being just head knowledge and root itself deep into our hearts.
We. Are. LOVED.
That changes everything. If we’re living loved, we’re coming from a place of security, safety, and satisfaction. We’re not searching, we’re not desperate, and we have a greater outlook on the world. Instead of being takers, we’re givers; we are the ones who can greatly love because we know that we’re loved so very deeply and in a way we’ll never be able to comprehend.
Paul wrote to the Romans,
“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.” (Rom. 8:38-39)
Nothing can separate us from such great love. The love found on this planet will always fade, fail us, or change. We are deeply loved by an unshakable, unchangeable, constant Creator.
Let’s live loved.
(PC: “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson, HCS 5th Grade-YouTube)