“All you need is love!” So sang the Beatles, and in part I agree. The question is, “whose love?”
Jude 21 says, “keep yourselves in God’s love,” and Jesus says something similar in John 15:9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
While love is all around us in our culture, it can be easy to be distracted into thinking the love we really need is the intimate love of a human lover. For those of us who have found a lover, this can put unbearable weight on them to be the one who fulfils our every need; for those of us who have not, we can feel the bitter disappointment of missing out on the best in life.
Both these sorrows come from a tragic misstep of expecting human love to fulfil all our needs. In this short series we want to realign our thinking by asserting God’s love as supreme. We are all deeply loved by God, the God who so loved the world that he gave his only son for us (John 3:16). When we place ourselves in that love story we are liberated to love others as God has loved us, not crushing them. We also learn to seek ultimate comfort and contentment in the greatest love, and not in human imitations of that love.
|*What makes heaven rejoice*
|God’s love and marriage
|God’s love and singleness
*12th November is a one-off sermon, not part of the series, although it will display something of God’s love!