Of course, it is a nice romantic notion to suggest that anyone could have so much love for their spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend, but we all know that there are limitations for any person’s capability to love. We all have our good days and bad days in which we are not as loving as we could be or should be toward that person. But then, real love is more than just the emotional feelings that we have which can wax and wane day-to-day depending on what struggles we have, how tired we may be, how sick or well we are, etc. Sure, emotions are part of the equation, but real love must also include a higher commitment, a devotion of heart and will to that person. If we really love them, we are committed, as the marriage vows promise, “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” Such love is a more transcendent form that tries to imitate the greatest love, the heavenly love of our Father in Heaven, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit who love us sacrificially, day-in and day-out, no matter what we do.
It is such a love that we aspire to while on this earth to our spouses, to our children, to our parents, to our siblings, to all our family members, and to every person that God brings us into contact with. Of course, such a love is impossible for any human to do in his or her own power. In fact, we can do nothing good for God or others under our own power. We need the power of God to give us the capability to love continuously and sacrificially, to be “love machines” channeling and emulating the love of our Amazing, Faithful, and Boundlessly Loving God in Heaven. Moreover, we not only need His power to love this way, but we also need His constant teaching and training every single day which changes our nature from within and makes us more like Him every day, able to love the way He does. In the beginning, we truly do not know what real love is, the kind of unselfish, sacrificial love spoken of throughout the Bible, manifested in Jesus’ sacrifice of His everything on the cross, and explicated so poetically in 1 Corinthians 13: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
More on this tomorrow. I pray that God will give you the power and the spiritual insight to love more like Him every day.