As you may already know…I just love the quiet moments that I spend alone with God. There’s something about entering His presence; that makes all the bad things in a day disappear. I have truly found God to be my closest friend…a friend that I can trust and a friend that I can share my heart with and most of all…a friend who will not abandon me.
You know…as I’ve been sitting here today, I’ve been wondering…why is it that we work so hard to make someone love us, when we already have a God who loves us unconditionally? As I was meditating on God’s word and talking with Him; He led me to several verses in Matthew 10 and in verses 34-39, we read...“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (35) For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—(36) a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. (37) “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (38) Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (39) Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
As I was looking through the footnotes in my Bible under these verses, I found something interesting that I would like to share with you today and it reads…“Jesus did not come to bring the kind of peace that glosses over deep differences just for the sake of superficial harmony.” In other words, Jesus does not offer a peace that would be used to mask our problems and differences, just so we could say that everything is fine, when it really isn’t. In fact, these verses say that He did not come to bring peace but a sword and as I was reading these verses, I truly came to see that the “sword” He is referring to; is in relation to the differences that would come between those who truly know and believe in Him vs. those who weren’t believers at all.
Today, I’m just wondering…how is it that we will work so hard, to make someone love us, when we know that this may never happen? Here we have a God who loves us so much and longs to be the closest friend we could ever ask for but yet we choose to go after someone else…someone that may never choose to love us back.
In verse 39 of our reading, it says… “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” In other words, we are never going to find a perfect love and a perfect life here on earth but when we choose to love the One who already loves us and when we are willing to aim our lives in the direction of the One who can love and care for us unconditionally…for all of eternity; then in the end, we will find the life we’ve been searching for.
I don’t know about you but I have found a friend, who accepts me for who I am…with all my mistakes, weaknesses and sins and if He can walk beyond those things to love me; then I can definitely make Him my first and only perfect love. You know…we can search our whole lifetime for a perfect love but until we realize that this love is already standing before us; an endless search will continue on.