Frequently in The Healing Room, we minister to people who have been wounded by those who are close to them. In relationships, we often find our needs are not met, harsh words may be spoken, and conflict arises causing anger, fear, and pain. Yet, God commands us to love one another.
We tend to have this view that love is a Hallmark movie, and at the end of the day, we just fall sweetly in love with everyone around us. But if you go to God’s Word and His definition of love, you will watch a different movie. “Love endures long” says 1 Corinthians 13:4. Endure at its easiest is defined as “continuing to exist in the same state”, at its toughest it means “to experience pain and suffering for a long time.” What is it like to experience pain and suffering for a long, long time ?? That’s hard and difficult and soul crushing.
If you continue to watch this movie in 1 Corinthians 13, you will see that nothing about love gets much easier. Love is not jealous, rude, insistant on its own way or rights, self-seeking, or resentful. It takes no account of suffered wrongs. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes its way, and never gives up hope. This love story is not what we expect..is it?
Truly, though, when God sent His Son, Jesus, it is because He loves us just this way. As the Son of God, Jesus gave up His rights and became flesh. He came and displayed His love for us by enduring the pain and suffering of the cross so that our sins would be of no account. He never gives up hope and waits patiently for us to believe and to love Him.
Love endures long…
And that my friends, is the love story of the ages…eternally better than any Hallmark movie.