I had the privilege of officiating a wedding this past week. It was so great to see a young couple who love each other make commitments before God. I have known the bride and her family for over 20 years and so it was so good to be around life-long friends. As you might be able to see in the picture I took just before the ceremony, it was raining and windy. But that didn’t matter at all as the guests gathered to participate in the start of a brand new family!
As I traveled back I thought about that word: ‘love’. We use the word love in so many different ways.
- I loved seeing long time friends at the wedding.
- I loved traveling with my family.
- I loved having a blast dancing at the wedding with my friends and family. I am not a good dancer but I sure do laugh a lot!
- I love my wife. Officiating another wedding reminds me of the gift my wife is to me and our family.
The Bible uses the word love in developing ways
- It’s used to describe the love of deep friends.
- It’s used to describe the love between a husband and a wife.
- It’s used to describe God’s love for us
I love this passage that so amazingly describes love – I Corinthians 13:4-8 –
- 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
- 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
- 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
- 8 Love never fails
Do you know what a gift love is?
Think about God’s love for us. As I stood before this young couple and talked about how God created love and marriage I was reminded that love is more than an emotion. Love is a commitment. God made a commitment to love us and to make a relationship with Him possible through Jesus dying and rising again. God has made that commitment of love to you. This is the essential relationship we need to be the foundation for all other relationships. God wants to love you by saving you, growing you, and drawing you to Himself.
Let our love for others pour from our love relationship with our God who made a commitment of love towards us.