Hi everyone! This post will conclude the suffering, strength and love series. I am so happy that I have been able to write these blogs, it hasn’t been the easiest task. I want you to know that I am struggling with each of these topics – day in and day out. Trust me!!
I am a huge fan of the Christian artist, NF. He puts so much passion and feel into his music! Almost every time I listen to one of his songs it gives me the chills to know that someone is willing to express their love for something so boldly and unashamedly. If you haven’t given his music a listen, I encourage you to do so sometime. Throughout his music, NF expresses much of his past life and childhood. It doesn’t take but a few seconds of listening to see that this dude has been through a lot, but his goal is to encourage others through his struggles and love of music. Sound familiar? Today I want to introduce the love portion of this to you!
Love is a word that can be used to express feeling toward someone or something, and in this day and age, I think it is quite over used. The drastic meaning of true love can never be understood. God. Is. Love. (1 John 4:8) First of all, we will never fully understand God, and to say He is Love means we will never fully understand the true meaning. Ephesians 3 says that we will never have the full knowledge of the love of Jesus. Bear with me, I am going to have you read this prayer which was written for the Ephesians. Verses 14-19 of chapter three say:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
So, with this love, we are to be strengthened by it, through our sufferings. We may not ever understand why we are going through a certain struggle, but it is important to remember this passage. I am currently going through a Bible study called Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler. The section I am in now is talking about the desert season we may go through (or the suffering of life, either spiritual or physical). What do you think of when you hear the word desert? Lauren tells us that there will be thorns and narrow paths.
“We may be hedged up with thorns. And thorns hurt. It might not seem like we are asking for much, but the Lord loves me too much to let me have what I want. As I look back I can see the “walls” built around me were his arms enfolding me. The thorns were less like punishment, and more like protection.” –Lauren Chandler
This quote came from her book, and the statement “the Lord loves me too much to let me have what I want” really stuck out to me. Many times we are hung up in our human, sinful ways that we are blinded and are not able to see the Lord’s love and feel the protection. I am working on being open to love where I am and be more positive about all situations. I think we all are. It is one of the hardest tasks, I will say. I just want it to be fixed and perfect. These blog posts have been like a study more than anything for me, digging into scripture and finding new ways to present Jesus Christ.
So, as you are talking about what you love, are you really implying the true meaning of this Love, one that cannot be explained? Or is it a strong love which you cannot compare to something? Because, I mean my God does not compare!!
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