“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
– John 15:13
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”
– Song of Solomon 8:6-7
After reading, please feel free to listen to my full audio sharing below this text.
I came across a song a few days ago that caused me to reflect on the three words that seem to carry tremendous impact for everyone in this world – I and Love and You. I couldn’t help but reflect on my life and our Lord and how these words carry so much weight.
Firstly, I began to think about how we come to worship the Lord. Of course, worship to the Lord is more than music and one day of the week and is really about how we live everyday for Him. Love isn’t a part-time occupation nor a fanciful hobby nor an emotional roller coaster but is founded upon the sound understanding of something or someone and devotion to it. This prompts me to ask about what the core of worship is founded upon. Do we understand what we sing and do we mean it each time we sing it? How can so many of our songs emote a call to love the Lord and yet so few wake up each morning asking “Lord, what would you have me do today?”.
Secondly, over the years I have always thought I understood what true love was but I seem to be realizing that only over the last few years have I truly experienced what it is to devote oneself to someone. To love someone so resolutely with all my heart and mind that I have completely found what love is and how it should be protected and expressed and leaned upon is as much refreshing as it is enduring. Although at this time I am experiencing some trials in that relationship, and it has taken a toll on me, I still find myself focused on the Lord and asking for His love to be something that I can shine. I have always felt my role has been to help those whom I love to understand their identity in Christ and achieve their full potential in Him regardless of the positive or negative impact upon me or the extent of the relationship. Unfortunately, as with all relationships there comes a time where decisions need to be made and work needs to be put in and I find myself at this stage. I say unfortunately only because it needs to be done but trust me I am in it for the long haul and continue to ask the Lord to show me more – help me love more – and let me trust more.
I share all this with an open heart and only ask for your prayers and hope that this sharing also challenges and encourages you in all areas where you express love in your life – all starting from our Lord and Saviour.
Thanks and God Bless,
Above is the song video of “I and Love and You” by the Avett Brothers that I mention in my post and plays in the background.