There is no doubt that Love is among the top desires of human pursuit. As water quenches (satisfy) our thirst, so does Love seems to satisfy our desires. Without it, things become miserable. In light of this, love is a vital necessity. In terms of ranking human needs, I’m convinced that it is the number one. You were welcome in this world with love, and will depart with love. In between such period, sometimes love seems to vanish or tends to be something else. To some, the goodness associated with love becomes like sour medicine. So many phrases are just made up to describe such moments in life. For instance, ‘love is bitter’, ‘love is wicked’, ‘love is painful’, ‘real love doesn’t exist’, and many other things. The bottom line question in most minds continues to be: where is love?
First scenario, it is in the air! Or second scenario, it is in the heart! Or it could be both in the air and heart. The answer is not that obvious. At least we sense that love is formed in the heart. So lets look if it might be possible to believe that love is in the air. When we say something is in the air, what does it mean? According to the Macmillan dictionary, ‘something is in the air’ is a phrase “used for saying that people all have a similar feeling, especially a feeling that something exciting or new is happening”. Similar to the Cambridge dictionary, ‘in the air’ is an idiom meaning the feeling that something is happening or about to happen. This insight points out that anything associated with ‘in the air’ is not always there, but temporary. Could a basic necessity such as air and water be offered temporarily to sustain life? I don’t think so. In line with this, love is beyond just something in the air. Love is increasingly needed to sustain us and live our purpose on earth. Without love, nothing that you do will make sense or matter. In the words of Anais Nin, “the only abnormality is the incapacity to love”.
This brings us to the point that Love is within us, in the heart, and not just in the air. We might from time to time experience it is in the air when people come together to do or celebrate something in one accord (with love). Nevertheless, the dwelling and working place of love is in the heart. The place where the mind cannot fully comprehend but it gladly enjoys its hospitality such as creativity, curiosity, etc. This harmonic hospitality has produced excellent masterpieces in the history of mankind – art, literature, science, and the like; and it continues to do so. The Bible makes it clear that “love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” – 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV). Also, the words of wisdom says “love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends” – Proverbs 17:9 (NLT). So, all there is to be human and live harmony is to love. Out of love springs forth faith and hope. They are inseparable like fuel and steer (rudder) are vital to the engine of a car (ship) – and the rest are secondary. Without an engine (love), fuel (hope) and steer (faith) have no impact. Love may be blind or hidden though it is the greatest, but faith, likewise hope, is never a blind or hidden act of living.
Tomorrow, the 14th February, is a special day almost around the globe. It’s an engine servicing day – in the context of a car. Ideally, you don’t fix the engine on a regular basis, but something like once in a year, otherwise a new engine is required. In fact, Valentine Day seems likewise – a moment for people to fix any issues with love, or to enhance any weak part for strength. Valentine Day is a perfect example of ‘love is in the air’ and it’s celebrated predominantly as a romantic-love for couples. Since love is a greatest need, and it is in the air during this moment, the love atmosphere greatly affects everyone as the wind blows on everyone. This gentle refreshing breeze longs to be shared with someone special. The yearning for a soulmate becomes so intense among single individuals. Unlike joyfully married individuals, this atmosphere sparks the hope to find love and be loved – not just an ordinary one but an extraordinary kind. To some, such kind of extraordinary love doesn’t exist and they attribute it as just a state of the mind. To others, they believe such kind will be fulfilled when they find their perfect soulmate. Love is in the heart, and I hope to challenge your thinking that there exists a greatest level of extraordinary love, and it is not a state of mind or found in your soulmate.
Greatest level of extraordinary love? Yes, it is the greatest of the greatest for there is none like it. It is the only true source of pure, unconditional love accessible to you irrespective of who you are, where you are, or what you have done be it good or bad. This form of love accepts you the way you are, and it washes and transforms you infinitely far beyond your deepest and widest imagination. Your mind cannot fully comprehend because Love is in the heart. This love has always been in your heart since you were born and it forever remains there. A hidden priceless treasure which requires knowledge to discover and unwrap it. Imagine you come across an anonymous wrapped gift with your name on it deposited in your house. I guess excitement may not be the first thought in your mind, but a series of questions: who brought this gift? from who? how did it get here? and the like. In fact, without the knowledge of the sender, you might be hesitant to open or touch it. The greatest level of extraordinary love is likewise such a gift. The only true source of pure, unconditional love wider than the widest wonder, and deeper than the deepest desires: The Love of God. The amazing love story there was, there is, and there will ever be is all about God and you.
From Genesis to Revelation, first to last chapter of the Bible, the love of God passionately prompts within the heart of mankind to have a relationship with the One and Only who can and is able to do exceedingly great things beyond what mankind can ever imagine. God’s Love extends wide and long and high and deep to all His creatures according to His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus. The Scripture says “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16 (NIV). As long as you live on this earth, God’s love extends to you because it says for God so loved the world. To give us eternal life (an immortal life with Him when we depart this earth), He gave up His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all due to sin that separated us from partaking in God eternal Kingdom. Imagine you commit a crime, and you are sentenced to a death penalty; before you’re sent away from the judge, a stranger stands up and says to the judge to replace you for the death penalty so that you live and not die. The judge declares it is only possible if you accept the offer from the kindhearted gentleman. Could there be any other form of love greater this? The Scripture points out exactly that: it says “the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a), “[but] God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8 (NIV). Will you accept or decline the offer?
Love is in the heart, and our deepest longing to be loved and also live for more is made possible through God’s love for mankind. “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV).
source of image:
1. From “Chuckcars” on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/carstensenphoto/8188936405/in/photostream/
2. From “blubberblubberblubb” on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/blubberblubberblubb/5396475498/in/photostream/