As little girls, we would be playing outside with our friends when we would grab flowers and play a little game. We’d name different boys: schoolmates, actors, athletes, different celebrities, and any guy we thought we just loved so much. We’d take our flowers and begin pulling the petals off saying the same things over and over, “he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…” and so on in hopes of landing with the last petal saying “he loves me.” Fast forward a few years and we find ourselves dating and in relationships. Now we have our close knit group of girl friends that we can discuss guys with. We all want to love and be loved. Some of us have found that, some are working on it, and some are still pulling the “he loves me not” petal every time.
Love… there are tons of songs dedicated to it, along with books, movies, paintings, and even clothing items. There’s even a whole holiday dedicated to relationships and loving someone. Everyone loves to be loved and loves to love someone, including myself. Ladies (and guys too) deserve a special kind of love.
God’s love is a divine love that never ends.
I Corinthians 13:8- “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”
Romans 8:37-39- “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God showed us His love through Christ.
John 3:16- “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8- “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves and cares for us.
I Peter 5: 6-7- “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
Psalm 86:15- “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
What God says about love:
Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
John 13: 34-35- “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
God’s love is eternal.
Psalm 136:26- “Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Understanding the concept of love isn’t easy, so here are three things to help:
I Corinthians 13: 4-8- “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…”
- God’s Love… is patient and kind, does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. God’s love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. God’s love never ends.
- Caleb’s Love… is patient and kind, does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Caleb’s love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. God’s love never ends.
- I am picking on my significant other as an example because I believe he fits the definition of a 1 Corinthians 13 love. Use the same technique to determine if a relationship with your significant other is worth continuing, or if you need to pluck the “he loves me not” petal and seek a relationship with a man who understands God’s plan for love.
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Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.