Well it’s February and we all know that it’s the month when we think about love. It’s the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, giving cards and gifts to the one we love the most. Marriage and commitment are not the strong institutions that our world once held dearly. We have simplified our understanding of love and marriage and sexuality. Love today is viewed in more of our passions, desires and lust. We watch it on our TV’s, read about it in novels, and listen to it in our music. But we find ourselves struggling to find real love and real meaning in our relationships to our spouses and to our God.
When I began to write this article, I opened my Bible, and for some reason it opened up to Song of Soloman chapter 7. It’s one of those books in the Bible we don’t do a study on very often. In Jewish culture you had to be a certain age to be allowed to read from these texts. But it shows a passion and love that is reserved for marriage and it expresses love in a way that is pleasing to God in the bonds of a committed relationship of marriage.
I also think of February and a different kind of love that God has towards us. I think of John 3:16, we see that verse posted all over the place. Often I see it when I am watching football on TV. We who are Christians are so familiar with the verse we can quote it without looking it up. It’s a love that John the Baptist pointed his hearers to see. What do they see? The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That is the real passionate love that God has for the world. He is willing to give everything He has, even his own life, the life of his only begotten Son. He did this to save the world from their sins. Christ’s love for us never fails, but we need to receive his love, that’s the real gift, trusting in the love God has for us and living our lives in the love of Him who died for you and for me. It’s an everlasting love.
So when the world talks about love it often misses the main point, Scripture has a much more fulfilling and selfless way of expressing itself in the Word.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.