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By BARBARA BROWN
One short, four-letter word has the power to shoot like an arrow straight to our hearts. No other need stirs us as much as our desire for love. That is why our souls search for love, and for God. Some of us find love in giving and receiving gifts. Others find satisfying love in serving one another. Many souls feel the love when someone spends meaningful time with them. There are those who crave assuring words of praise and worth. While some just need a hand on their shoulder, or a comforting hug. (Suggested reading: “The Five Love Languages.”)
Love’s meaning runs wide and deep. In my perspective, there are shallow, cheap applications versus deeper truths about love. Love of fame and fortune leaves most people miserable and lonely. But, for love, we may pursue a meaningful relationship. By love, we may serve one another. In love, we may lose our heads and do ridiculous things. Through love we are motivated to find ways to help others. Out of love, we sacrifice our time, treasure and talents to serve our loving God.
Love determines where our priorities stack up. Our soul’s cry is to pursue that which our hearts value most. And God did that. For love, he placed us as top priority to save. And he gave us his only, precious and most beloved son to be our savior. When Christ came to earth, the son became our savior. The name of Jesus literally means “God saves!” He belongs to us now. He was granted to us because of our heavenly father’s love.
Good news: God speaks your love language. He has become a father to the fatherless. He is the lover of the lonely, and the giver of all good things. Jesus became human and touched humanity. He elevated human dignity and worth which challenged the cultures of violent, murderous societies. And he displayed the greatest act of love by dying in our place. He bridged the wide gap between God and his wayward creation.
“By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11
Barbara Brown serves on the ministry team at the Lighthouse Church of God.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.