Defining love boggles the intellect. Like holding an elephant in a rocking chair, you may try, but it won’t be easy. Let’s just say–you’d need help. However, Tullian Tchividjian does a magnificent job in his latest book, One-Way Love.
God bequeaths grace to the undeserving. That’s all of us. Furthermore, we can’t earn His goodness by hard-working efforts.
One reason we can never earn God’s love: He loved us first (1 John 4:19). Therefore, His initiated, incomparable love enables us to care for others. Think about it, there’s absolutely no reason why God should favor us. Yet, He wants to, and chooses to do so.
In plain truth, God is love. By all means, we can opt-out, run away or hide from His advances. Still, good news friend, He’s already there (Psalm 139). Accepting the fact that Christ is head-over-heels for you and me brings healing to our deepest recesses.
A biblical example of how love never fails is found in the book of Hosea. God asked the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. A marriage made in heaven, if you please. He used the union between Hosea and Gomer to convict Israel of sin. Not an ideal coupling by any stretch, but then, that’s His point. The nation continually committed spiritual adultery by worshipping other gods. What they performed physically, expressed disrespect on a spiritual level.
To remedy the situation, God demonstrated incomparable love for His children. Through Hosea, He demonstrated forgiveness, reconciliation, second chances, and eternal love for the bride (that’s us, too).
When God woos us, what will our reaction be? Do we fling wide anemic hearts and welcome a romance beyond reason and one we can’t comprehend? Hosea did.
When Gomer fell into the arms of a previous lover, Hosea ransomed her. Perhaps you’ve experienced this kind of affection from parents, grandparents or close friends. I’m talking about tender devotion that redirects your entire life. Extended fondness toward prodigals who seem broken beyond repair. No matter, train-wrecks belong to God. Put another way, it’s a power stronger than death or evil.
King Solomon declared, “Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing—it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold.” (Song of Solomon 8:6-8 Message)
Ironing out one last wrinkle–if we dare receive this outrageous, warm, indulging mercy, then healing and wholeness swoop in.
Beloved, are you struggling with believing God desires you? Does your life produce evidence of this incomparable love that cannot fail?