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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Love, A Many Splendored Thing
Snowflakes floated silently from the
dark night sky while two lovers strolled, hand in hand, down the moonlit
street. Reaching the door, their hearts wrenched knowing one would enter and
one must leave. A good-bye kiss and adoring embrace made them yearn for another
and then another. Through rose-colored glasses, they viewed life and dreamed of
the day they would never part.
Ah love, in the beginning of a relationship, it
saturates our whole body and we feel as though we’re walking three feet off the
ground. Every waking moment is consumed with thoughts of our beloved and our
nighttime dreams enhance passion.
Then as time passes, love
settles down to a comfortable relationship and deepens. But sometimes, it fades
and our heart is broken. Still, regardless of love’s ups and downs, it is our
most wonderful emotion and love, as the song says, is a many splendored
Splendored; such a unique word. It’s
mid-15th century Middle French, taken from the Latin, meaning “brilliance”. So,
like a gleaming, faceted diamond capturing and disbursing dazzling light, is
this many splendored thing called love.
Scripture speaks much of love,
for our God is love.
It tells us He dwells in unapproachable light called His Shekinah glory. This God,
who breathed His word through Paul, said, “And now abide faith, hope, love,
these three; but the greatest of
these is love.”
(I Corinthians 13:13)
Why, is love the greatest? Because first, without love, faith and hope cannot
exist. And second, we would not even possess the ability to love
had Almighty God not created us in His image.
I Corinthians 15:39 explains, “All
flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another
flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.” God gave animals a
very limited ability to love, but since He created only mankind in His
image, our love
capacity is almost boundless. So, because our God is Triune, we love
in a myriad of different ways, using our body, mind, and spirit.
Nevertheless, sin corrupts human love.
Some yield to the Source of Loveand
others reject Him.
In Ezekiel 16:6-8, God explains how He
saw us struggling, drowning in our sin and He said to us, “Live!” He made us
thrive like a plant in the field and when we were ready for love,
He came. He spread His wing over us covering our nakedness. He entered into a covenant with us and claimed us as His
This is our God! He said, "Yes, I
have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have
drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
Our God is the greatest love we will ever have,
because it is full and complete.
Like the facets of a brilliant diamond,
God gave us the capacity and responsibility to disburse His love.
But, we love, because Hefirst loved us. And, for this
is truly a many splendored thing, because its origin is God.