Love’s Passion

We are people of passion. Love has at times taken over us and we cannot do anything but surrender to its power. Yet we throw out this word as though it were a catch-all phrase and in so doing, completely downplay its power and its demands. Love demands attention. It demands surrender. Yet it demands authenticity, faithfulness, and genuineness of heart.

God is love. It’s not just some sweet, sappy love story. His love is a jealous and zealous love; a holy and relentless love that drove Him to the cross in complete surrender. I struggle with this. I struggle that someone could love me so much that it would cost Him His life. I struggle with a love that is so sacrificial and wholly complete that it is not in any way conditional upon my response or behavior.

And yet that is the beauty of Grace. It is unfair. He loves us even though we don’t deserve His love and even though we have not always loved Him. He loves us with a zealous and relentless love; a jealous love that demands response, yet is not conditioned upon our response. He loves me. He loves you.

Lord, may we feel the depth and weight of your love fall on us right now. How great is your love! How faithful are You who is Love! May we know this love and respond to it even now.

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.” -Song of Songs 8:6-7

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