“They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” John 14: 21
There are times I feel the love of God is an elusive white rhino. A mythical-like beast, I must travel great distances to find. As I prepare for the search, contradictory reports from multiple sources leave me confused. What does the love of God look like? And, where does it dwell?
A survey of the cultural landscape reveals the difficulty of my search. There are those who advocate the love of God does not exist. Some say it is not love at all, but a gimmick to control the mind. The religious landscape provides even less clarity. Religion provides a salad bar of opportunities to the spiritually hungry heart. However, these options compete with each other to claim sole authority.
I would like to say Christianity helps narrow the focus, but that is not necessarily the case. A multitude of different denominations struggle to give a clear image of God’s love. Some say the love of God is visible in grace, but then struggle to provide a tangible experience of it. Others say the key to finding love is to follow the Word of the Lord and the Lord’s commandments. Then there are those who say everyone is doing it wrong. The only thing they have in common is a desire to know the love of God.
My heart is like theirs, I want to know the love of God. I want to know this love because most mornings I struggle to feel lovable. This is not some temporary condition, but a deep desire to embrace the life I have been given. And, a pervasive feeling I’m doing it wrong.
Today’s reading, we are told that if we follow God’s commandments and keep God’s word, both of which are extensive and confusing, then God will love us. God’s love remains something I must hunt to find. In the end, it is based on my performance. This does not bring comfort to my spiritually hungry heart. However, if I never read about how God loves me, how will I know it? And, if I do not love, how will I ever experience love? We need to read these words though the lens of the Gospel of John. Specifically, though John 3:16. Basically, God was hunting us long before we hunted God. This helps me find peace.
Click to read: John 14: 21-26
- Do you find yourself searching for the love of God? What is the reason for your search?
- Where do you go to find this love?
- What do you hope the love of God will heal within your own life?
- How can you grow in living in God’s love?
Photo Courtesy of iStockphoto.com