Looking for the love of God
A few minutes of flipping TV channels or scanning radio stations will confirm it – we are all obsessed with finding true love.
We know that our two greatest psychological needs are to love and be loved. If you choose to believe that humans are the result of random evolution, good luck figuring out where that deep need for love comes from.
If, on the other hand, you’ve recognized the handiwork of a Designer in everything and everyone you see around you, it won’t be hard to understand why we desperately crave endless love.
The Bible says in one place that “God is love”. In another, we are told that we are created in God’s image.
It seems our need for love was placed there intentionally by the God who created us to be in relationship with Him.
The Bible also tells us that the only way to fill that gaping hole in our hearts is to discover God’s love for us. When we do, we suddenly find that we now have the capacity to love Him and other people with the same kind of unselfish love He has for us: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7,8).
As we approach Easter, we are going to be reminded about how selfless and unconditional God’s love is.
I was in my favourite fast food restaurant this past week, sitting at a counter beside a young girl with some striking tattoos up one arm. One colourfully emblazoned a man’s name who I naively assumed was her husband. When I asked her about that, she reluctantly told me about her impetuous love for an old boyfriend. After they broke up, she tried only dating boys with the same name but that severely limited her options. Her plan now is to remove it, but she’s dreading the pain.
What a vivid metaphor for the pain we all go through looking for love.
So often we get disillusioned and embittered about love because we haven’t yet discovered true love.
Rob Buzza is pastor at NorthRidge Church.