“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4: 9-10
Real love – what is it? How do we find it? How do we hold onto it? Our culture is absolutely obsessed with the search for love. Just look at the lyrics of today’s chart-topping songs – they’re always about finding or losing love. And the rumor is if you find that real love music sings of and movies depict – then you’ll be happy. Love, romantic love = happiness.
But what if there was a love greater than one based solely on emotions, attraction, and even lust? What if there was a love more powerful and more enduring? A love not based on circumstances or feelings, but based on commitment and certainty. There is – it’s called God’s love. And it is very real.
Jesus makes it very clear that this real love is available to us. But it’s unlike anything we’ll find in the movies, in another person, or even in the most heart-wrenching love song on the radio – because God’s love never fades or changes. It never walks out or grows cold. God’s love is the real deal.
When we experience this kind of love, it changes us. God’s love even changes how we love others. You know that person at work, school, or in your family that you just can’t stand? When we know the assurance of God’s love for us, God gives us a love powerful enough to love others, even those we don’t like. And that kind of love is worth finding.