Read through an old piece of writing this weekend and thought it was worth sharing with you all. In reading I was reminded of this truth: God is the source of true love and “we love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Our best efforts can only go so far. If we want to love well and if true sustainable intimacy is our goal, than we must lean into the One who is love. Be encouraged.
One day this summer while I was in Chicago I was walkin and talkin with Jesus. I was telling him how crazy it is that he lavishes his love upon me so much without expecting anything in return. His response to me was " I want you to know what real love is so that you don't fall for the counterfeit". He was, He is, loving me in such a way that anything subpar would be rejected/thrown out. This is what I wrote later that day in my journal:
Real love calls me beautiful. Real love fights. Real love works to heal. Real love challenges and endures. Real love resists attacks and fads and pressure to fail. Real love recognizes real love. Real love takes work, lots of work, but real love is also real, real good. :)
I need to believe that people can do that. That there are people that are so in love with Jesus that they can love like that. I need to believe that there are people that can love me like that.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always persevers. Love never fails.
2 Corinthians 13:7-8
Megan Allison Turner
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