Most human beings are looking for a true love that lasts forever. I know some uf us may not admit it, but deep down, that thirst for true love is there. Perhaps your search for a true love relationship is one of the reasons you’re visiting this site today.
True Love-What it’s Not
Unfortunately, in our quest to find it, many of us have been, like the 80’s love song says, looking for true love in all the wrong places. Along the way, we’ve found what true love is not:
- True love is not premarital love
- True love is not merely an emotion
True love is in fact an action (the Bible refers to it as a “walk”) that entails selflessly giving away our life to another, with no strings attached.
Wow! That sounds like a tall order. But as Christian singles, if we’re truly looking for a true love dating relationship that culminates in a life-long commitment, we’lll want to get as close to the Bible’s definition of true love as possible.
Pastor Dave Gremban, of Calvary Chapel Ann Arbor in Michgan, USA, brings us a devotional about Jesus as our true love example as found in the Scripture.
In Ephesians 5:1-7, we learn what it means to walk in love. Our example is Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us (v. 2). Thus, to walk in love is to give as Christ gave. On the flip side, Paul describes the acts that characterize a person who is not walking in love: fornication (sexual immorality), uncleanness (“dirty” moral behavior), and covetousness (v. 3).
These are all “taking” terms as opposed to “giving” terms. For example, fornication takes something away from our future/current spouse and covetousness is a heart condition bent on taking.
In addition to unloving acts, Paul also describes the words of a person who is not walking in love: filthiness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting (v. 4). These types of words also “take” as opposed to “give” in that they rob God of glory. God wants us to speak words that give in various ways… words that give thanks to God (v. 4) and words that give love to people.
Thus, God desires that we walk in love — that we continually give to others as God fills us afresh with His Spirit. God wants to use us to love a world that so desperately needs to experience His love. Let’s be open to being used in this way!
Bible Verse of Day
-Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God- -Ephesians 5:1,2-