Love is the great magnet that attracts us, that draws us to others. We need only to look back in our lives to see that we are drawn to and “like” those who take an interest in us, who approve of us, who make us feel special. We are drawn to people who we believe like us.
We love God because He, who is Love, “first loved us.” When a person comes to the knowledge of His Love for us, then we are drawn like a magnet to Him, even though we cannot literally see Him.
The Universal Need
To be loved by another, then, is the universal need. “Nobody gets too much love anymore,” someone once sang truly. And so it is. To be loved is the need that equalizes mankind. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, or anything in between–that aching need deep down in our hearts to be loved still throbs and longs to be quieted.
Of course, we speak of the higher love, the divine love, the unselfish love that negates mere earthly lust/love and religates it to the ash dumps of the lowly earth. Many marriages and relationships go out like fading embers because the original fire which ignited it was the false flames of lustful passion, and never did it transcend the “weak and beggarly elements” of those carnal desires.
“Youthful lusts” can never satisfy the spiritual man in the end. And so we continue to look for this divine love, this love from above, which is the only satisfying kind.
God has placed into our hearts this need to be truly loved, and so we seek for it. Realizing that this divine, agape love is God Himself is a life-changing revelation. For we then will see that the love we crave from everyone we see can only be satisfied by Him who is Love itself. We seek love from God’s image–human beings–instead of from the source of Love–God Himself.
And how does this God, who is Love, reach down and touch us and give us the wonderful feeling of being truly loved? How does an invisible Spirit (Love) reach down through the ether and show us His heart of Love?
He does it through His visible Son. The greatest love that one can show is to give up his life for others. Does it not touch our hearts, bringing tears to our eyes, to see reports of firefighters, policemen, and soldiers laying down their lives in efforts to save another? These we call heroes. “Everybody’s looking for a hero.”
But the ultimate Hero is God-in-human-form, God’s Son, called Jesus in English and Yahshua in His original Hebrew language. God loved us so much that He yielded up His son, the only perfect man, so that we could feel what true love is and respond by doing likewise. Christ is our example. He provided the way at the cross for us to get rid of our selfish little heart and receive His heart of love. And that same Spirit of Love now is shown through us. God wants us now to give up our selfish lives in service to the King and to His subjects, our fellow human beings.
This is it. This is the answer that mankind is seeking for. For we all seek to be loved. Now we must realize that we are loved by God, who is Love. And now we share this love. Mankind must channel God (Love) through their actions to others.
Tapping into this Love transforms us into the loving and the loveable. The change is astounding. We become that fountain of loving waters that quenches other people’s thirst to be loved. In so doing, God is multiplied and magnified by Love’s very transformational spiritual properties.
Perhaps you have already started this change. We now are left the challenge to “go onto perfection,” perfecting His love within us. We do this by loving. For Love is an action verb, not just an idea/noun. Now let Him give His gifts to others through us. Kenneth Wayne Hancock