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March 7, 2017

What is Real Love?

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

As we expose the fake news that is creating so much conflict in our world, one of the greatest lies is this: Love is just a feeling.  Seriously?  Really?  It’s the lie that has shattered so many relationships and disappointed so many lives.Don’t get me wrong – love produces powerful feelings, but it is so much more than a feeling.  We’ve confused attraction and infatuation with love, and it has resulted in a counterfeit love, a shallow love that bails out whenever the feelings wane.  If that’s your definition of love, you will miss out on a love that can last a lifetime, a love that works through the pain and conflicts that are sure to come, a love that weathers the storms of life and puts on display the kind of love the Father has for all His children.  God not only loves – He is Love.  In 1 John 4:16, John tells us,

“… God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”

Have you experienced that kind of love?  Are you tired of settling for the lie that love is just a feeling?  What does God’s love look like today?  How can we experience a love like that in our relationships?  For the next few days, we will examine some passages in the Bible that offer us a description of real love – God’s love. As we do, we’ll be challenged to make some adjustments in our thinking and behavior so we may experience that love in our own lives and with those we say we love.

So, will you join me on this journey of love? Let’s begin with this prayer in our hearts:

“…May (we) have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.  May (we) experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then (we) will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)