The Greatest Love Story




We are a culture that worships love. Love songs (name a country song that isn't about love.) Love poems. Love letters. Love stories. Facebook love posts. Instagram photos of love. People loving things and puppies (totally not saying there is anything amiss about loving your pooch.) Everything revolves around love. We are all crazy about love. I can't go on Facebook without seeing someone incredibly in love, or wallowing in a pit of sorrow over love. I can't open Instagram without being exposed to someone in a relationship or talking about what they love.
We chase after love, relationships, and marriage as if it is the  end goal. Ask yourself, "What is my end goal?" What is your hashtag #goals?  Is it to finally land your dream job? Is it to own a beautiful five thousand square foot Georgian Colonial with a remodeled rustic-modern interior, the most expensive Ferrari that exists? Is it to find that best friend, that soulmate? Do you think that if you find that person, you will be satisfied? If you have that job/house/car, your stress will dissipate? Even those who have reached the pinnacle of success, fame, fortune, or a "happily married" Facebook relationship status. They still struggle. They are still not satisfied. This is because whatever or whoever it is that you love, whoever you place that responsibility on to love you to the fullest, is physically incapable of loving you as much as your Father loves you.

When you place your joy and completeness in earthly matters or anything other than Jesus, you are filling your heart with things that can not and will not satisfy your soul. We have a never ending thirst for something to fill our hearts. The reality is that we constantly settle for less than what is freely offered to us through our saving grace, Jesus Christ. Maybe we're too lazy to look for something better. Maybe we're too blind to realize that there is something better.
John 6:35, "Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." 
Don't allow inconsequential and earthly love to take up all the space in your heart, leaving no room for the God of Love. God literally came to earth to die for you. You are loved by a God who died to love you and to know you. It saddens my heart to see myself and others depreciating the love of God. Bringing His love down to our human brain capacities. His love is incomprehensible. Francis Chan wrote something in his book "Crazy Love," that I am currently reading and in awe over that I seriously encourage you to pick up and dig into. Anyways, Francis reminds us "God exists outside of time, and since we are within time, there is no way we will ever totally grasp that concept...God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives." Wow. He is timeless.
Paul puts the love of God in a more tangible way in Ephesians that I am totally captivated by every time it surfaces in my life.
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19.
Jesus didn't search the world for something to love. His goal was not to find "the one." John 4:34,"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." If Jesus didn't need to find that Pinterest perfect relationship. That Instagram worthy boyfriend. Neither do you.
Why should we settle for such shallow and depthless human love when we can be rooted in a love that is literally so great, so perfect, so wide, so long, so high, so deep, that we can't even comprehend it. I can't help but be filled with joy when I see someone light up as they speak about or do something that they love. Their eyes literally light up and they explode with happiness. Imagine if we radiated this incredible love of God. What if we spent every day seeking a God sized love? We would literally be walking around like little rays of sunshine in the midst of a hurricane, lighting up all the darkness of this world which is lacking God's love.
I can't even.
His love.
Jesus' love for you. A love so great that He died for little you.
That's love.
That is the greatest, most insanely wonderful love story of all time.
That ever was. That ever will be.

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