Looking to love

A teenage mom wanted to have a baby so that there would be somebody in her life that would truly love her. That’s not the reason God created us. The Lord was not lonely and longing for somebody who would love Him. The Triune God is complete in Himself. He created us not so much to receive love from us but more out of a desire to have people He could shower His love upon. God isn’t just looking for love. He is looking to love.

Jesus said the greatest commandment is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). He wants us to love Him, but not really because He needs our love. Thinking of God as needing our love is a rather low view of God. The Lord wants us to love Him because He loves us and wants the best for us. He knows the best way to live, the way that will bring the most joy and peace to our life, is to love the Lord with all you have.

The Lord is looking to love you. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). It is incredible to think that the holy God delights in undeserving sinners like us, and yet that is what He does. That is grace. The love that He longs to lavish upon us quiets our soul and brings peace to our easily troubled heart.

Because we are loved, we love like Jesus loves. Because we are loved, we don’t have to desperately look for love. Instead we look to love. Instead of longing for people who will tell us we’re great and wonderful and satisfy our desires, we pray God will bring people into our lives that we can shower love upon. We have been given love in abundance in Christ, and so we look to share that gracious love. And when we get opportunities to love and serve people we rejoice.

We often ask the wrong question in our relationships. Our old nature asks the question, “How can I get people to love me?” When we have been captivated by the love of Jesus and it is overflowing in our lives, then the question we ask is, “How can I best love the people God has brought into my life? How can I show them love and share with them the abundant love of Jesus?”

We get to live and love as ones who are loved by Jesus.

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