March 5, 2013

The Love Risk

First, love risks total commitment. Does it hit you from out of the blue, and then you just fall in love like it’s a ditch or something? No. Love is not an accidental arrow because, if it were, then you could just fall out of love, and that’s what a lot of people think happens to them today. They say “Well I fell in love, and then I fell out of love. I had loving feelings; I don’t have loving feelings anymore. I just don’t love them anymore. I just don’t feel anything toward them anymore.” What they are describing is attraction. That’s not real love. It’s a commitment that produces powerful feelings. It’s a commitment that produces the fire of passion. Commitment is the fuel that fires passion in a marriage. Commitment is the glue that holds friendships together through the tough times. Commitment is what it is all about, and commitment is a choice, so love is a choice, and God chose to love you. He says, “I love you because I love you.” He didn’t say, “I love you if you love Me back, I love you if you meet My needs, I love you because you are so wonderful, I love you because you are amazing.” No, he said, “I love you because I love you because I love you.” He chose to come to this world. He chose to go to the cross, and at the garden of Gethsemane we are allowed in to Christ’s feelings, to see a little snapshot of what he was feeling there as He sweat drops of blood in that garden.

As He was under so much anxiety, thinking about the excruciatingly painful and humiliating death he was about to face. All the heinous sins that had ever been committed, He was taking on his body, all of my sins and all of your sins. As He prayed, He said, “Father, if there is any other way for Kerry to have a relationship with Me rather than Me going to the cross and taking on all the sins of the world and going through all the pain and humiliation, if there is any other way, please take this cup from Me but not My will but thine be done. If there is no other way for Kerry to come to know Me, and have a love relationship with Me, then I will do it. I don’t feel like it, I don’t want to, but I choose to do it no matter what I feel like because I love him.” There was no other way, so He chose to go to the cross. He didn’t feel like it. He chose it. Love is not a feeling. Feelings come and go. Attraction comes and goes. Looks come and go. You have to understand that love is so much deeper than that because love never changes. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says “love never fails.” Do you believe that God’s love will never fail you?