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What Does Love Look Like?

25 Nov

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,~John 15:13.

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,~Romans 5:7-8.

The question that has been on my heart the past few years has been, What does love look like? The world has so many definitions of love. People say, “I love you,” quickly and easily, and the meaning behind those words is lost. God modeled love for us. The Father sent His one and only Son. Jesus came down, and gave His life as a ransom for all.

When I think of love, I see one nailed scarred hand on the left and another on the right. I see a crown of thorns. I see a body beaten beyond recognition. I see love on a rugged cross. Many people can see love there, at the foot of the cross, but it still feels or seems like blanket love. Many believe Christ died for all, so His love is not personal. Look at these verses.

What is the price of five sparrows–two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows,~Luke 12:6-7.

Every person who lives or who has ever lived has tremendous value to God. He knows everything there is to know about every person. Knowing our failures and imperfections, He still pursues us for a loving relationship. God knows how many tears you’ve cried, every memory you’ve ever had, every heartache, and the very structure of your DNA. No one invests that much time in knowing someone they don’t value or love. God’s love for you is tailored to you. It’s a love worth investing our time and energy. God is fascinating. Even though He knows what we will do or say before we do it, He still enjoys every moment with us.

When you don’t feel loved:

If you’ve read my book or testimony in previous posts, you will see my life with Jesus hasn’t been all skipping in the park with baskets of flowers. I have had seasons where I felt as though God was punishing me for something. God always loved me, but I allowed my circumstances to determine my feelings. Faith is the key to unlock the door. When we believe we are loved, we see the manifestation of love in our lives. Unbelief places these cracked glasses on us and we see the world in a manner that is distorted. The first step to receiving God’s love is to believe God loves us. Once we believe, the glasses of unbelief are replaced by a clear vision of faith.

Final Notes:

God has not prevented every bad thing from happening to me, but He has worked it for a greater good. He has given me more than what I’ve lost. He has given Himself. There is no greater gift than a relationship with Him. He saves, heals, delivers, and restores. So no matter what you’ve faced, Jesus is the solution. I encourage you to dive into the depths of His heart.

My prayer for you friends is that you know the height, the width, depth, breath, and expanse of God’s love. We will not be able to love others the way God loves us if we have yet to receive God’s love for us. What does love look like? It looks like God. It’s a love that is not dependent on the other person. It is a love that is generous and lavish in giving. It is a love that is sacrificial in nature. It is a love that places the well-being and needs of another above its own. God is LOVE!

God’s love for you will not end….tumblr image.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Devotions, From the Author, God's Heart

 

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4 responses to “What Does Love Look Like?

  1. theloveculture

    November 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Your blog title made me think of Misty Edward’s song “Arms wide open”. Her song goes like this:

    “What does love look like? is the question Ive been pondering
    What does love look like?
    What does love look like? is the question Ive been asking of You
    Once believed that love was romance, just a chance
    I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful
    I once believed that love was a momentary bliss, but love is more than this.”

    It’s a great question… what does love look like… may we become the look of love. 🙂

     
    • Erin Lamb

      November 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Our God is LOVE! Thanks for your comment.

       
  2. cat

    November 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Just told mom today God is love, n it wasn’t him who wanted me to stay with my abusive husband all the years, it was the legalistic folks. I still get mac at God often n accuse him of not loving me. I have hard time trusting people. Dx’d with PTSD. Am saved 34 years. I trust God more than people. If u heard my story u would feel same way. Nice to find ur site. Too write me.

     
    • Erin Lamb

      November 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      I am sorry to hear about husband. I will be praying for you. God never approves of abuse. People are human which means they (we) are deeply flawed. People will disappoint us which is why we place all trust in God.

      Feel free to read through this site. I believe some of the posts on suffering may provide some encouragement.

      God I pray you would protect Cat. Heal any wounds caused by others, emotionally, physically or otherwise. Bring peace and healing to her heart, mind, and soul. In Jesus name, Amen.

       

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