Occasionally I allow myself to fall into the delusion of love looking like the man made portrayal as presented by Hallmark and all its look alikes. Man has the desire to be loved--held in high esteem--cherished--pursued--cared for--by another or others programmed into our DNA. Since long ago--man has written fairy tales resplendent with the charm and glamour of happily ever after. Most of us women want Prince Charming to rescue us, marry us, put us up on a pedestal and love us for all eternity. At a bare minimum a cowboy should sweep me off my feet! That is NOT the way is happens in This World.
Prince Charming can become an ogre and Snow White can turn into the Evil Witch in a blink of an eye in the real world. The happily ever after can morph into a hard's day night in an instant. All men struggle with the sin of narcissism and real love is hard to pull off when you are gazing at your navel.
God is the Author of Love---God is love. When I think of the beauty of His sacrificial love for me---nothing could begin to compare. We seem to have traded His example of perfect love for the world's eye view of man's limited vision of earthly love. The desire to be loved is God given. God is love and we are created in His image, so we desire to love. We have missed the boat though when it comes to fulfilling that desire. We have turned from God's lessons in showing love to man's desire to sit upon the throne. We forget we live in a fallen world and fallen man will disappoint us when we look to him to quench our desire. Only God can satisfy our quest. Once we learn to love as God has taught us--then we will understand how to love others in the way He intended. Selfless love which looks to satisfy the needs of another is the direct result of learning to love God by accepting His love.
Today I am thankful for God's unchanging-always present attribute of being the very essence of love. God first loved us--so that we might be able to love others.
We love because he first loved us. I John 4:19
And he has given us this command:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
I John 4:21