We all love a fairy tale ending. We love a good mystery where the villain isn’t revealed until the end. A great epic will captivate us to see if our hero’s bravery will win out. True love is not a fairy tale. It is not a mystery unrevealed, nor is it an epic tale where the outcome is in doubt.
In our lives, we all have found that love isn’t perfect and there isn’t always a “happily ever after.” We know mortal life is not that way and we dream of a world where love is perfect and it lasts forever. Many would say true love only exists in fairy tales and they have given up on dreaming of it. Some live in a dream world and still believe fairy tales can come true. Many have experienced what man calls love as hateful, cruel, manipulative and mean. Can true, lasting love still be found? Where can we find it?
— 1 Corinthians 13
Paul argues love is an action, not an emotion. He says it must be experienced, seen and demonstrated. This is the opposite of our American culture that relies totally on feelings, emotions and attractions. Man, by his nature, does what he “feels” is right.
“To prove his love for her, he swam the deepest river, crossed the widest desert and climbed the highest mountain. She divorced him. He was never home.” [Rose Sands: The Saturday Evening Post]
Many have deduced from Paul’s writing that true love is only a behavior. Love is all those things Paul said, but it is far much more.
Love is not a three letter word: Sex! Love is not even a word, for it cannot be adequately expressed only there. Love is more than just a feeling, but shown without feeling and emotion–what good is it? It falls short if only shown in actions. Love is a commitment but it is much more than even that. It is a vow made and a vow kept.
Love is pure devotion seen in a perfect hatred for everything else. Love is something we spend a lifetime seeking and understanding more of as we experience it. Love is of God. Love is God. You cannot know love apart from God. It is shown us in His wrath. It is found in our condemnation, our guilt and our shame. It is searched for in our repentance.
Love results in our forgiveness and redemption. Love was perfectly manifested in Christ’s sacrifice. Love is only found in a “just” God, in a jealous God and in the righteousness of God.
What is love? It is God. Define love? Define God! As we learn more of who God is and that He is more than just love, we learn more of His love, why He loves and who He loves.
Love is a seed planted. It is meant to grow in love. It cannot grow without His love. Love not grown is love not shown. If love is not growing, the seed of faith was never sown in us. Love is growing in His love, growing in our knowing His love, and results in our sowing that same seed of love in others out of His love sown in us.
Love is a mystery forever revealed in who God is, and He is love. True love is not found in us loving God or us loving others. It is only found in God loving us and loving others through us. Without God’s love, there is no love.
So the question is—how well do we die to our own desires and sacrifice for those we say that we love?
Are you seeking God’s true love or just a fairy tale of His love?
True Love And Fairy Tales
In fairy tales true love is never found until the book is about to end
In a mystery book who done it isn’t known till the last line is penned
In any great election who wins is revealed when the last vote is counted
In an epic the hero untested … will his bravery be remembered in a ballad
Noah knew and believed when God told him the world would be flooded
Though the world became very clouded … the outcome was clearly trusted
For far in the future True Love was found in a Savior whose life would be yielded
A future king knew a smooth stone would be enough to take down a giant
For David there was no mystery for a bear and a lion had already fallen silent
He had defeated far greater already … twice … now true love would make a statement
On holy ground where a bush aflame didn’t burn … Moses had been elected
No vote was ever taken for true love had revealed his eternal appointment
When the Red Sea was parted … love for the coming Savior was already deep-rooted
Our Hero has already been tried and tested living perfectly unto death and resurrected
True Love has been demonstrated … consecrated … and still severely persecuted
From it we cannot be separated … and though we try … it cannot be simulated
We can’t have it un-appointed … unattended … uncompleted … and it comes preselected
True Love is not a fairy tale … a mystery not revealed … or waiting for the selection by men
It is not for later or when … or we shall see … then leaving us asking God where have you been
Our fate is sealed in a promise … a down payment has been given … it is God’s “Yes, and Amen”!