I am not sure about you, but just reading the scripture below, I can honestly confess here today that I often fail at love! There is, however, some good news. Once you understand the source of real, genuine, unconditional love, you will realize that the LOVE the Apostle Paul is referring to is indeed possible to have and to achieve! You were made for a relationship with God!
“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. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
God is Love
If you are anything like me, you have heard “God is Love” and thought to yourself: “I just don’t get it. What does that even mean and why don’t I feel it?” I would suggest that many of us have never really experienced real love. To understand it, we must understand the Creator’s original design intent for humans. We must understand the very reason we were created in the first place.
We were wonderfully and fearfully made in God’s image and likeness for the purpose of an intimate relationship with Him. God made His dwelling place here on earth and spent time with Adam. God saw that it was not good for man to be alone and thus created for him, a helper, an equal partner and said that they must rule over all the earth and that they should be fruitful and multiply (that means to enjoy each other in the intimacy of sex and have children). Unfortunately, man’s weakness was exposed when they ate from the forbidden tree, being deceived by the devil.
I have to pause here for a moment to anyone blaming Eve for the fall of man only:
Yes, Eve was deceived by the devil and chose to eat the apple. After Adam ate from it, they realized they were naked, and God called them. Adam abdicated his responsibility and stood there, watching the whole thing unfold, and did nothing. Life would probably have looked a lot different if they had repented right there, but they blamed each other instead. It was clear they each had fallen short, sinned, and it created the chasm between humanity and God.
A Relationship With God Is What You Were Made For
God made us to have a relationship with Him, and nothing will ever fill that hole inside us until we do.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11