You know, I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite some time. For the past 3-5 years I have used facebook to post my thoughts from time to time, but FINALLY I’ve been inspired to become a blogger!! What inspired me, you ask?
My upcoming wedding!! That’s right, in about…oh, 39 days (who’s counting?) I will be Mrs. Tamaro Johnson, and I’m so excited about it!!! I’m currently putting together a wedding website, and even though it is a work in progress, I’d like my first blog viewers to be some of the first to see it! So check out my wedding website here!
Anyway, back to my post…
If I didn’t know before, I know now…LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL!! But how can it be anything but that, when God is love? It saddens me to hear people speak negatively about love, relationships, and marriage. But this comes from people suffering from experiences they call love, and not the real thing. During my adult years preparing to be a wife (check out that wedding website to read the whole story), the clearest thing I heard from God was that I needed to learn to be loved. I didn’t understand it at the time. How can anyone not know how to be loved? But the purpose of Christianity, the bible, and all human relationships is so that we can learn to be loved. This is why God calls us His Beloved. He chose us to love us:
I John 4:7-12
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
We always hear that we should love God and others, further His kingdom, yada yada yada. But why?? It’s because He loved us first…because He loves us still. Everything is based on this; love is the meaning of life. Revisit your idea of what love is. Does it line up with this scripture? If it doesn’t, maybe you’re calling love something that it’s not.
CHAP (Chasing Hard After Purpose)