When someone is in love, they act funny. That is true, but real love, the God kind of love, acts different than the world’s natural love. It is best described in 1 Corinthians 13 or the love chapter.
Love finds its start, it’s origin and it’s foundation in God. We didn’t come up with it, and in fact love is not a special revelation of life showing up at our doorstep somewhere along the way.
We love, because He first loved us.
God loved us. God loves us. It really is the foundation of all that is in the world. When we believe that God is the creator of the world and that His plan is why the world and we exist, the issue or importance of real love comes to the front of everything.
John 3:16 NASB
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Love is the reason God wants to be with us, His children. He gave us a way to be loved and to love him through Jesus. We cannot have real, authentic, unconditional love without some kind of sacrifice because sin perverts and prevents love.
Did you get that? Sin perverts and prevents love. To have God’s kind of love in our lives and running through us we have to be running after God. Often love is seen as a chase or a pursuit. When you are in love with someone, you pursue him or her. Right? Who are you pursuing today and in your life?
God calls us to pursue Him. We need to understand as well that God came to us as the Father who sent His son, Jesus, and who has finally sent Himself in the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that we interact with today. He indwells us after we are saved.
Pursuing the Spirit of God is real way to be filled with the love of God, and to have the love of God flowing through us we have to be following the Spirit of God. God pursued us first. He made it possible for us to pursue Him as well. This is one of the first things we learn as a Christian.
Romans 5:8 NASB
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
To love is to demonstrate love. We have talked about that fact. Love is an action.
Love is not only an action but has a direction or a target, if you will. The reason we might act funny is because we are in love. If we don’t care for a certain person, we will not pursue him or her.
And by the way, love often has to take on selfless qualities. Love has to sacrifice as we have already talked about.
John 15:13 NASB
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
Before we loved God or anyone else, God loved us, and He continues to love us. That was a love pursuing us for our good and for a relationship with God. Don’t miss what happened in that first pursuit. It was and is still incredible to see how God loves us. It is also incredible to watch how God’s love controls us.