Let’s Talk …God’s Love
Updated: Apr 14, 2022
by The Kids & Me Contributor Victoria Watson Henry
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
The Need Within
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”
Contained within the heart of every person, (the heart is the seat of emotions, desires and affection), is the need to be loved. God placed this need within every heart so that He can fill it with his love. It is only God’s love made known through the sacrifice of his son Jesus, that can fill the void in your heart. It is only God’s love abundantly poured within our hearts,” (Romans 5:5).
We seek love and acceptance - acceptance of who we are. We want and need affirmation in the need to belong to someone. We invest ourselves in others looking to be recognized for our value and worth. We cling to temporary attachments that give a false sense of security. We open the door of our heart to love and in walks heartbreak, disappointment and rejection when love has been knocking at the door of our hearts waiting patiently to be invited in. We compromise ourselves all for love or what we think is love. In our search for love, it is easy to settle for what feels like love. Our definition of love is found to be wanting in meeting the need.
Now, love is first and foremost one of the greatest and loftiest ideals of the Christian faith. Why? According to 1 John 4:8, “God Is love”. The essence of God’s nature is love. His love is eternal, without a beginning or ending. It is selfless and sacrificial: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” (John15:13). His love outflows and continually gives without exchange or expecting anything in return. It is love unconditional, steadfast, firm and unwavering. His love is ever present. His love gives value and serves those who have it. His love never fails, nor will it give up on you. It heals the broken, rescues and redeems the loss, restores and offers new life. Love is powerful, and genuine. It is God’s gift to us. A gift that we must learn to embrace and come to know. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 outlines its qualities.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT