Love You, Mean It
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
When you see the title of this article, I know you want to smile, laugh or shake your head. The reason I chose to use that title is because this is how a lot of us say I love you. When you read the Bible, you see the word love is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible. There is also so many stories about true love, the type of love that we all long to have, this type of love is only found when we surrender our lives to Christ.
We long for the love that Ruth had for Naomi, that Boaz had for Ruth, the love that Job had for the Lord or the love that David had for the Lord also. What we don’t see is the amount of devotion these people had for God and this level of devotion is what caused them to have the never-ending, all consuming love for those around them.
My churches current sermon series is titled Love You, Mean It and we are learning about the love that was shown through the Bible, the type of love that you don’t have to add mean it too. There is a song that brings me to tears every time I hear it, and I’m going to end with some of the lyrics to this song.
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me. You have been so, so kind to me
At first when I heard this song, I was like why did he use reckless, and here is his explanation why. “When I used the phrase, ‘the reckless love of God,’ when we say it, we’re not saying that God Himself is reckless, He’s not crazy. We are, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. But what I mean is this: He’s utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His own actions with regard to His own safety, comfort and well-being. He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself on the line, He simply puts Himself out there on the off-chance that you and I might look back at Him and give Him that love in return.” – Cory Asbury.
I want to have this type of Love for God, for my family, for my friends, and for everyone that comes into my life. Don’t you?
Reckless Love written by Cory Asbury