Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dear David...{Love Never Fails: Letter 13}

Dear David...

Another week has gone by and you are surprising us every day. Lately, you've thrown mommy and daddy for a loop. That's right. A big ol' loop and we are spinning, confused and unsure how to handle things. You are starting the "terrible twos" and I have to admit, I thought that label was fake. Until now.

But no matter how angry, frustrated, annoyed, out-of-control you get: I love you. And for the record, no matter how angry, frustrated, annoyed, out-of-control mommy and daddy may be with one another: we love each other.

Because love is not a fuzzy feeling. It is an action. While lust will control your emotions and warm your heart, God's definition of love shows us there's more than that. When He manifested Himself as flesh to be the sacrifice for our sins, His love was showcased within that action (Ephesians 5:2/1 Timothy 3:16). Becoming a man was God's love in action. Sure, we warm His heart. Sure, we are the apple of His eye. But to God, love means doing something even if it means sacrificing life. Because through that sacrifice, through that action, love is fulfilled and therefore can never fail.

When you grow up, the definition of love is going to get twisted. The world will try to teach you that love means to "be in the moment", "go with the flow" or "it must be good if it feels good." Know this: that is lust, not love. That impulsive desire is not love. Love is not impulsive. Love is not last minute. Love is not "in the moment" but love is an action that leads to precious moments. I'm not going to act like a love expert. Not even close. But I am learning this daily and want to share with you what God is teaching me so that you may (hopefully) avert the path I went down. 

True love, the love defined by God, never fails. It is eternal. It does not puff up or act pridefully. It doesn't hinder. It doesn't withhold good things, hold grudges or spout bitter words.

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

In those moments when you feel unlovable, remember that there is a Lord and Savior who made Himself known so that you can know true love. He died for you and sent His Spirit to comfort you.

Nothing hurts mommy's heart more than thinking about how much I love you. It hurts out of pure joy...and sorrow, that perhaps one day your heart may be broken. And you may question love. But son, never forget who defined Himself as love. For the love of Jesus can withstand any trial and tribulation and nothing you go through will ever change how much He loves you. 


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