Love & Desire

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Whether you’re a believer or an unbeliever in God, you have a desire to be loved. There is something intrinsically within us that wants to be loved. Social media has highlighted this desire to be loved more than anything today. It’s why “selfie” is now an official word in Webster’s Dictionary. It’s why we take 20,000 photos on our smartphones, just to get that perfect profile picture to showcase to everyone. Have you ever taken a group photo and asked if you can see it. If we look good in it, of course we’re going to say, “Hey send that pic to me!” We’re all guilty of this. It’s why we buy new clothes or that new car- which is likely to put us in debt- to make us feel better about ourselves. That desire is obviously there. I bring these examples up for a couple reasons though. One reason is to show that we do have that desire to be loved, whether it is through social media or other actions that we do in life. The second reason is to ask this question: Where does that desire to be loved come from, and why do we possess this desire? It certainly cannot be a bad thing because it is naturally implanted into all of us.

Desire

I never was smart enough to know a lot about science and how it works, but I’ve always refuse to believe that these emotions and desires I have within me come from chance. I could never come to terms that neurons and chemicals inside my head developed a yearning for wanting to be loved or loving someone. I refuse to believe that emotions just appeared out of thin air into a human’s soul. I always love when science lines up with the Bible, and the more advanced scientific study gets, the more it will continue to line up with the Bible. Even secular scientist cannot seem to figure out where the pinnacle of human emotion comes from. Only thing that scientists depend on is theory, which is basically an inconclusive faith. Brian Goodwin, professor of biology at the Schumacher College, said in an article titled Where Does Love Come From that “The notion that evolution has invented feelings because they are useful for survival is not a scientific explanation, because it gives no account of how feelings are possible as properties that emerge in the complex systems we call organisms” So if brilliant scientist cannot come to terms on how and why humans have emotions, then there has to be an entity behind it all. The being that we get these desires from is love, God. Our God is love.

God is Love

When God created all things, he made us different than the rest of the created order. In Genesis 1:27, it says, So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. We’re much different than the birds that fly in the sky and the fish that swim in the sea. And before the fall, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden( which is Hebrew for “delight), we were in a perfect relationship of love with God. But now that the world is broken by sin, mankind is now finding different ways on finding love and life through other things apart from God. The creatures that God created in Earth lack this ability to love. Yes, animals do show signs of emotion and possibly love, but they don’t have that yearning for a love like mankind. An animal will never go through a season in its life where its wondering what its purpose is. It will never how the thought of a better utopia of eternity placed in its heart as it continues to deals with the disappointments of the world. No, the only thing your cat or dog is probably wondering about is what it’s going to eat next. Whenever a lion attacks a human being for intruding its habitat, does it feel remorse and shame for killing that human being? I just wanted to provide an example on how mankind has been given a different ability to love, we have been given the capability of entering a relationship of love with our creator. Whether we yearn to love God or not is our choice, God has granted us the gift of free will . God could of made us like robots, but you cannot get authentic love out of any emotion that is automated. We wouldn’t want our significant other saying “I guess I will love you because I have to” Same goes for the creator of the heavens and the universe.

The very love that God possess is called Agape Love. It’s not a romantic, friendly or brotherly-type love. His very nature is love. He loves the people that we see as unlovable. He doesn’t love us because we have earned a right to be love, but rather because that is his very nature and expression of his being. C.S. Lewis had a very profound quote about God’s love when he said, “God will look to every soul like its first love because he is its first love.”

Mankind’s purpose for love

Love is a very powerful emotion for mankind because it has its pros and cons. How many of us have been hurt by love? Maybe you felt the pain when you had a bad breakup with your last significant other. And love does not began and end with just humans, mankind has put a lot of their emotion into materialism such as money and cars. The Bible even says that the love of money is the root of all evil. This emotion that God gave us is a wonderful gift, but now that we live in a world broken by sin, mankind has found a way to love for all of the wrong reasons, which has lead to many people being hurt. So is putting all of our purpose and identity in humanly love, materialism and creation good for our souls? It has continued to fail us, and if you want evidence, then look at the world today. The only true love there is is God. In 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, it gives the best definition of love that one could ever imagine. It says:

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The love that our God has for us is so wide and so deep that our finite minds cannot even begin to fathom how grand it is. There is nothing you can do to separate the love that God has for us. My hometown pastor use to jokingly say that God has a picture of you on his wall in Heaven. When explaining Gods love for us, the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3; 14-19, For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The love that we possess is cheap compared to the love that God has for us. Our love requires reciprocity. It says that if you do this for me, then I will love you more, less or not at all. Religion says the same: if you obey my law, then I will love you. What kind of loving Father would say that I will love you more or less only if you do what I say? Even our earthly fathers or mothers wouldn’t do that. God does not want any kind of religion from us but rather wants a relationship. It’s an open invitation out there for the most intimate relationship you can ever have. Better than any relationship you will have with any human. Through his love, we find life and our purpose.. C.S. Lewis nailed it again when he said, “the happiness which God designs for his higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to him and to each other in an ecstasy of love.”

The ultimate act of love

God did something 2015 years ago to display his ultimate act of love for us. God, who loved us so much, came down from Heaven, put on human flesh and was birthed of a virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the most famous and most profound scriptures is John 3:16, but John 3:17 is just as good when it says For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. No matter how many times I read it, it still amazes me that the creator of all things was born into poverty in a small manger in Bethlehem so that we may saved through him. He lived a perfect life for 33 years and was crucified on the cross on Calvary. So now all the debt we owe, all of our sins, all of our unrighteousness has been payed off by the works and perfection of God in the human flesh, Jesus Christ. Now there’s hope beyond the suffering, hope beyond the tears and hope beyond the oppression on Earth because God has made a way for us to enter in and spend eternity with him in glory. One more C.S. Lewis quote for you: “The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heavens must be our homes.” God does not break his promises. He promised the birth of a messiah, he promised his crucifixion and resurrection and he has promised his return. There will be a day when Jesus comes back for his bride. He has left the invitation to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.

A father will do whatever it can to save his children because of love, and our Heavenly Father has made a way for all us to enter in so that we can be reconciled backed to him in a perfect, intimate relationship of love.

Have any questions or anything you want to discuss regarding this post, please feel free to message me or email at jeackles@cableone.net.

God Bless

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