By: Kristen L. McNulty
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In his song "Your Love", Brandon Heath sings:
"You're the hope in the morning
You're the light when the night is falling
You're the song when my heart is singing
It's Your love
You're the eyes to the blind man
You're the feet to the lame man walking
You're the sound of people singing
It's Your love"
*Written by: Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram
Have you ever experience a love like that? One that fills your heart and changes everything. Giving light to the darkness, hope in the hopeless and peace in the turmoil?
The world tells us that that ultimate kind of love and the best kind of fulfillment comes in the whole boy meets girl scenario, but that experience is only a shadow of the real thing.
We as humans even on the best of days fall short when it comes to really loving someone else. No matter how hard we try, we do mess up, we do disappoint and we do hurt. We don't meet other peoples needs, we say the wrong things and we are way too quick to jump to conclusions and solutions when all someone else needs is understanding.
But there's another love out there. A love that no matter how hard we try to replicate we'll always fall short of. And it's a love that doesn't need replicating because it's available to every one of us and that is the love of God.
Many of us view God as an older gentleman with high standards who makes it impossible to get a stamp of approval from. But that picture couldn't be further from the truth.
The God of the Bible is a loving father who would do just about anything for His children and He proved that by coming down to earth and paying the price for our sins. Just listen to what the Bible has to say about Him and His love:
"But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"[Jesus said] as the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."
"This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world so 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)
That love is yours for the taking and there's nothing you have to do to earn it or deserve it. The only thing you need to do is accept it, so why don't you? God's love can fill your heart and change your life. Let Him come in and give you the kind of love that never leaves and the only love that will ever truly fulfill.
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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