The word “love” means everything today.
That is why our culture is on a never-ending search for it.
True love seems to be hidden.
Maybe that is why we run from God to settle for a human love. Gay marriage, trans-gender movements, exceedingly increasing divorce rates, traditional marriage becoming a thing of the past, and a slew of screwed up lives left in the wake of relationship issues…they all point to one thing…
IT’S INSANITY TO RUN FROM GOD AND SEARCH FOR LOVE AND SIGNIFICANCE!
Why do we run from God instead of running to His love and acceptance? I wish to offer a few personal reasons:
First, we run from God and search for love because it’s just too hard to believe that if we come near to God, we will find ourselves not drowning in condemnation, but swimming in compassion.
Second, we run from God from God to search for love because Jesus says “come if you are weary, and I will give you rest.” We spend so must time and energy searching, we lose the ability to believe that God could be our home.
Third, we run from God and search for love because we long to be loved and we have convinced ourselves that the One who is most loving could not embrace us and would not accept us.
If a husband sees another man flirting with his wife, he is right to be jealous, for only he has the right to flirt with his wife. This type of jealousy is not sinful. Rather, it is entirely appropriate. Being jealous for something that God declares to belong to you is good and appropriate. Jealousy is a sin when it is a desire for something that does not belong to you. Worship, praise, honor, and adoration belong to God alone, for only He is truly worthy of it. Therefore, God is rightly jealous when worship, praise, honor, or adoration is given to idols. This is precisely the jealousy the apostle Paul described in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy…”
Fourth, we run from God and search for love because a part of our struggle with God is our own discomfort with love and religion. Let me expand this…
It is absurd to think that any religion would somehow get you to God. It’s like being in love with a person who has no interest in you. He loves your advances only because it makes Him feel self-important. But, He really has no motivation to pursue you. It’s all one-sided. We long for love, but we are convinced that all love is conditional.
When a religion is created on the premise that God withholds His love and you must submit to the system to earn that love; THAT is the WORST of corruptions! That is why so many people have a problem with Jesus Christ and the Christian faith at it’s core. Why?
Because for centuries the church has been telling us if we want God’s love, we have to follow the rules. It’s been far more important to focus on the sin problem, rather than the love problem. This is how religious institutions can maintain control over lives whose hearts long for love.
What would happen if people would start discovering the actual message of Jesus?
That love is truly unconditional, and Love came searching for you.