I’ve always wondered why people say they, “FELL in love”, or they want to, “FALL in love”. My question is, “What are they ‘falling’ from, or into?” Is it a subconscious statement that they are “falling into” a state of “love” that is not quite “God love”? Possibly coming just short of Agape love, God’s type of love? Settling for Eros love (a romantic, erotic love)? Don’t get me wrong…human relationship love is wonderful, but it’s difficult for me to get over the “falling” aspect, as people themselves, state.
Rather than “falling down into” love…would it not be nicer to “stroll into”, or “walk into” love? Ephesians 5:2 says, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…”. If you leave for the day, and someone asks, “Where are you going?”, wouldn’t it be great to say, “I’m going for a walk IN love”, rather than saying, “I’m going out to LOOK FOR love”? True love isn’t a “thing” or a “destination”. It’s not like finding a penny, face-up, on the street. Maybe that’s why people say they either “found” it, or they “fell in it”, when describing typical human love. Love seems as if it’s been missing, or undiscovered, for a long time. People act like they stumble upon it, or fall into a hole full of it.
It seems, “love” as we know it in a relational sense, is somewhat unexpected. It’s something we’re not sure we’ll ever “find”, and if we do find it, we’re not quite sure we’ll be able to hold onto it. Human relationship love is fragile, complex, complicated, unguaranteed, and it’s often like money…a vapor that you cannot hold in your hands for long. As I’ve said, this is the human relationship type of love, which so many seem to hope for. But I have a better suggestion. And this suggestion will allow you to love your significant other even deeper than you had in the past. This suggestion will allow you to see, possibly for the first time, what TRUE LOVE is all about. And if you don’t know what TRUE LOVE is all about, you CANNOT TRULY love another person…or anything else.
My suggestion is this: LOVE GOD…FIRST! Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be added to us. Forget about going out, “looking for love” at social events, bars, grocery stores, and dance halls. Instead, look for love by going to your knees in prayer to God. If you don’t already, start going to Church. And don’t go there just to look for a future husband or wife…go to praise God and to love and help others. And the amazing thing is…you won’t have to look far for God, because He has ALWAYS been near you. We read in Matthew 7:7,8…“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” And in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” And God has said in Hebrews 11:6, “…He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Our God and Father has been waiting for you, just as a Father waits with open arms for a child that has run away from home. This is the image Jesus was sharing with us when He told the story of the “Prodigal son”. God is waiting for you to return to Him. He loves you more than we can even love our own children. Those loving feelings you have for your children…GOD PUT THEM IN YOU. Why? Because He feels that way about YOU! God KNOWS how we feel in life. HE DESIGNED us that way.
When you look for God, YOU WILL find Him. You WILL BE rewarded for your search, BY GOD. What is your reward? He will reveal Himself TO YOU…and He will allow YOU to experience HIS LOVE, IN YOU…the only TRUE and HOLY type of love…the BEST love! This is the love that allows you to love not only God, but others…WITHOUT EXPECTING SOMETHING IN RETURN. This is “sincere” love. This is God. This is “walking in” God. Walking in love. And, you don’t have to “FALL INTO” it, and hurt yourself. God IS love. And if you’re not IN God, you will never truly be IN love