By Jennifer Min
I’ll admit it, watching those sappy romantic comedy movies every once in a while is a guilty pleasure of mine. They’re cute! And the lengths to which the guy or girl will go to capture the attention of or to please the other individual are more or less ridiculous, yet endearing all the same. To be so enamored and so captivated by a person that you are willing to do the craziest things is at the same time, both senseless and admirable – senseless in that only a person who is so blinded by love would be literally rendered thoughtless and nonsensical, and admirable in that the actions of this lovelorn individual indicate a confident and unquestionable passion for that one person.
This is the kind of love God wants to reveal to us.
You know those movies where the heroine is this bumbling, clueless, tripping-over-her-own feet sort of dork who somehow ends up together with Mr. Perfect? When I think of the relationship God wants to have with each one of us, this comes to mind. I’m definitely by no means flawless – I lack self-control, I gossip without thought, I compare myself to others and become envious. I am a sinner. Yet, despite my glaring inadequacies, God continues to shower His love upon me. As it says in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He loves us immensely – more than I think we can ever fully comprehend. As human beings, we are all inherently born as sinners – before Jesus came and died for us as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, there was no way for us to be with God. This love is written out in the Bible – “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). He loves us to the extent that He sent his own Son to die on the cross for us, so that we may be able to be with Him one day.
If that’s not crazy love, I don’t know what is.
But this love doesn’t end with that. Jesus instructed us in John 15:9-13 to “remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
As sons and daughters of Christ, we are blessed recipients of His overwhelming and gracious love. Having experienced God’s persistent love, don’t you feel compelled to make it a mission to reflect it in your own life? Imagine you are that lucky individual who has caught the eye of the lovesick person – would you not want to share the details and events of each interaction with another? Simply stated, God wants to use us, as oblivious and clumsy as we are, to share His love with those around us; to love them with the same merciful and unconditional love.
And I think this is where it becomes the most challenging.
God – who is without flaw, who is Mr. Perfect – has this unintelligible love for us – sinners, imperfect, inadequate. And He expects us, as undeserving as we are, to carry His perfect love, to seek to have the same heart as His, and extend it to others who are just as imperfect as we are.
It’s difficult. It’s hard to love those who hurt you, who reproach you, who hate you. It’s hard to love those who are apathetic, who are awkward, who are eccentric.
Yet, God calls us to do so.
And even if we fall short in our attempts to follow in His footsteps, God’s grace and mercy is more than enough. We may have to step out of our circles of comfort, respect, familiarity, and make fools of ourselves, and we may even fail. But in every situation and circumstance, God loves us no less.
Just like a lovesick person must take that first step forth, can we step out in faith, trusting that God will be able to work in and through us as well?