Crazy Thing Called…LOVE

CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE -KARINA'S THOUGHT

There is an interesting song I found when my husband watching a video concert of Michael Buble. The song titled “Crazy little thing called love” That song says that love is a crazy thing. Well, I do agree and disagree. I do agree that love is a crazy thing because there is an incredible power behind the love. Love could change something impossible become possible. Love can move our heart to do any crazy things. Love can make us willing to do unreasonable things, or we might even be willing to sacrifice and be ready to die for the sake of someone we love. Love has a crazy power that’s able to break the wall of difference and unify the humankind diversity. Love makes the world go around! I am disagreeing if it is said in the song that love is a little thing! Love is a great thing! There is love quote said: A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. Yes! That’s so true! We cannot live without love. Love has become an important aspect in human lives. There’s always a love in every side of our lives regardless of its form. My sister in Christ and blog friend Deborah Ann beautifully said in her poem: “When there is light, there is love. When there is hope, there is love. When there is happiness, there is love. When there is forgiveness, there is love…”

I always remember the story of Jacob and Rachel. For me their story was a very romantic love story. Jacob felt in love to Rachel and willing work to Laban for seven years to get Rachel. (Genesis 29:18 NIV) There is an interesting thing here. Seven years wasn’t a short time, but for Jacob it seemed like only a few days. Why Jacob could feel like that? Because Jacob really loves Rachel! Love be able to make time goes by so fast!

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. (Genesis 29:20 NIV)

 Is the story end? No! Apparently, because there was a custom that the older daughter should get married first, then Jacob should to marry Rachel’s older sister, Leah. What was Jacob’s reaction? He was angry, disappointed, and refused to marry Leah? No! Jacob was willing to marry Leah and He had to work for seven years more. (Genesis 29:26-27 NIV) See? Jacob was able to do something that actually wasn’t wanted to do. He willingly married to someone who he didn’t love in order to could marry Rachel that he loved very much. Why Jacob could did like that? Once again, the answer is because love. Jacob really loves Rachel! Oh how deep and great the value of Jacob’s love to Rachel.

My dear friends, if for human the value of love was so great, so does the love’s value for God, even more than human. God is a figure who full of love. God is love! The way He loves us is an innumerable, amazing and very surprising! There was an indisputable proof about how great and marvelous His love to us. Written in very famous verse:

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)

An astonishing missions performed by Jesus who down into the world, taking the form of a servant, and was willing to underwent all with obedient, treated with inhumane unto death on the Cross. If we as the father then see our child experiencing all this for a purpose, whatever it is, what do we feel? I am unable to imagine what we feel as the father. But God still chose to allow His only begotten Son just for us so we all do not perish, but have eternal life. He did it all in order to save us from death, moving us to get into the salvation. Isn’t that amazing? Definitely, yes! A question arises, what we have done to God so that God was willing to do all that. If we’ve did amazing and extraordinary things so that God indebted to us? Absolutely no! In fact we did the opposite; we more often hurt and disappointed Him with our deeds that are contrary to His will. In fact we didn’t deserve all that has been done by God. But once again, God still decided to did an amazing thing for us. Not just a little thing, but an extraordinary thing! Why God was willing to do all that? What the power that was able to move God to take this astonishing decision? The one and only answer is: Love! For God so loved…! That’s a power called love, a great thing called love!

That’s why I don’t agree if love defined as a little thing. If we read and looking for quintessence of the entire Bible contents, then we will get love as the quintessence. It all comes down to Love. Paul remains us that love is the greatest.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

And the love became the first commandment as Jesus said:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37- 40 NIV)

If God so loved us, what about us today?  How deep and great our love to Him? How the quality of our personal relationship with God? Whether we felt the same way as Jacob? We always feel time is running so fast when we are in fellowship with Him and always feel our time is too short to express our gratitude for the all blessing that have been given to us? Or conversely, we feel so long and get bored when just for one hour we listening God speaks to us through the pastor’s sermon? Whether in our daily lives we have to apply the law of love to our fellow? How far we implement those verses above? Very ironic if God has said to love our neighbor as ourselves but the fact we are more love ourselves and don’t even care about our neighbor. Our lives instead filled with hatred, envy, arrogance, oppression, egoism, and so on. God has said firmly:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8 NIV)

My dear friends, today as always I encourage all of us once again think and ponder how great our love’s value to our neighbor and especially to God our Father. Let’s take a moment to ponder everything that has done by God to us. God has poured out his love through the Holy Spirit. Please remember, has been poured out! Not will be poured or hopefully God willing to pour out! This means that there is a seed of love which has been embedded in our hearts. Let us continue to cultivate the seeds of love that has been in our hearts in order to continue to grow well so that every deed in our lives is always based on love.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV)

  And God has first amazingly loved us by died on the cross while we were still sinners.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)

Furthermore, because He loves us, He adopted us as His child according His pleasure and will.

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:5-6 NIV)

If because of love God has done so many wonderful things for us, now what we will do for Him? If our earthly father so loved us, what we will do to him? I am definitely sure we will really love him even trying to love him more. We will always trying to not hurt, make him sad, and disappointing him. We will always do everything the best for him. So it is with our Heavenly Father! God longs for us to love Him and do the best for Him. God doesn’t say: “Give to me your one and only child” as a proof of our love to Him. God just wants us love Him with our heart, soul, mind. He just wants us always living in His righteousness, obedient to His command, please Him, and always glorifies Him in every step of our lives. God also wants us love our neighbor. It is simple, right? But in fact we have to admit that it is not as simple as that. Whether we could still love those who have hurt us? Whereas God said to us:

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44 NIV)

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7 NIV)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13 NIV)

We would not be able to do all that if only rely on our own strength. Therefore, let’s ask  for strength to God through prayer, let the Holy Spirit always strengthen us to continue cultivate the seed of love that has been poured out into our heart and eventually people will see that in every of our deed always radiate the God’s true and perfect love. Let people know that through the crazy thing called love we could bring joy, peace, happiness, and goodness into this world. Amen.

Karina – Living by faith

Related article : Love the Lord and Love your neighbor as Yourself by Mark Shields

Special thanks to Deborah Ann for your beautiful poem.

To read the original poem “When there is Love” please click here

Love Quote by Max Muller from BrainyQuote.com

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68 thoughts on “Crazy Thing Called…LOVE

    • Hello dear,
      Thank you very much 🙂 Thank you for reading and your lovely comment. Yes the world need perfect, unchangeable love, and that’s only from God’s Holy Spirit. Thank you and have a blessed day.

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  1. My jewel sister,
    I do agree with you that love not just a little thing but a great thing. Love drives people do many unreasonable thing. But our God did not just unreasonable thing but even He did a thing that cannot accepted by normal human logic. He is the greatest love ever told. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thought to us. Much love to you and family.

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  2. Lovely post, my friend. I especially like the reference to Jacob’s patient love. Think of how patient God is for His bride, the church. His love endures forever. Blessings!

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  3. Hi Karina

    It’s so true……With the love we have been extended by God so we must show. It’s because of love I am here and as hard as it is and even when I fail to love I must remember God loved me first. I love the quote you shared:
    A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.

    Great post Karina

    Rolain

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  4. Hi Karina ,so lovely and heartfelt post,the passage and the song to embrace love is to embrace life.Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your likes on few of my posst.Have a blessed weekend ,you and your family.Jalal Michael

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      • Your posts reflect your heart, Karina. “…by their fruits you shall know them…” I can tell you are sincere in your faith of Christ the Lord.

        God has blessed you in your life…may He continue to do so as you continue in His ways!

        Enjoy your day,
        Steve

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    • Dear Elouise,
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting my post. Yes indeed, we have to admit that it is so difficult to do but it is necessary. So let God gives us a wisdom to could do it 🙂 Thank you and have a wonderful and blessed day.

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  7. Great post, Karina. We love because he first loved us. It would be impossible for us to love like that without His life of love flowing through us. Blessings to you and yours!

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  8. Sis, a teaching after my own heart!! I am so tickled to see others tackling this often criticized topic! You may ask, “criticized?” Well, I been because I spend so much time, even away from the blog teaching it, about the unselfish, agape LOVE of our Heavenly Father that was given as an example to all of us as you so eloquently wrote!!
    I’ve been away from blogging for a bit due to health and time issues, but I always love coming back and checking up. There are so many I follow, I have to let the Holy Spirit do the leading from day to day, but I can always count on inspiration from your site!
    Thanks so much again and yes, Sis Deborah Ann is one I follow too; I love her poetry!!
    God bless Sis, abundantly and richly!

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    • You are much welcome Dear Pastor, Roland.
      Thank you very much for your uplifting and encouraging comment on my post. I hope and pray you always on very well condition both of your health and ministry to God and the Church. May God always bless your life in abundance too 🙂 Thank you and have a blessed day.

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  9. Beautiful writing Karina. Love is very misunderstood but you describe perfectly what true love is. God’s desire that we love Him first and most. The first time the word love is used in the Bible is when God speaks to Abraham about his son Issac. He is asking Abraham “do you love me enough to give up the thing you love most?” God is still asking that question of all of us, do we love Him enough to follow Him no matter what it may cost. I love your writing. I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit just reading your words. It is a special gift you have been given. It is always so nice to see you are reading my blog, so encouraging!
    Blessings,
    Cliff

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    • Dear Brother in Christ, Cliff.
      Thank you very much for reading and for the encouraging comment 🙂 I love you mentioned about Abraham. And for us the question could be a difficult to answered, sometimes. I also love your posts. Though maybe never put comments on yours, trust me I always got something valuable from your posts. Once again thank you very much. Have a blessed day.

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  10. I agree love is a powerful gift and blessing from the Lord. However, He also gave us wisdom. That is because, while love can indeed be a “crazy thing,.” wisdom can be a “sane thing” to help moderate our powerful and sometimes ” crazy” emotions..

    Regards and goodwill blogging.
    What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.

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    • Dear brother, Rudy.
      Thank you for the insightful comment. Yes you are so true wisdom is a “sane” thing. And I do agree wisdom is another important aspect in love. Once again thank you and have a blessed day.

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  11. Thanks for this beautiful post Karina. I have learnt more than you can imagine from every word. So right on point! Reblogging now…. 🙂

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  12. Reblogged this on dailyjesuscallingdevotional and commented:
    Indeed, there’s nothing as powerful as love. Love wins. Love is God, as God is love. It’s the foundation on which our faith as Christians is built. see why we can’t do without it? If we don’t love, how do we prove that we are of God (1 John 4:8). How else do we manifest that we are true sons/daughters of God, and are created in His image? Love God, love your neighbour AS you will love yourself. God, please, make me love like YOU in Jesus name.

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  13. Karina, Thanks you for liking the article ‘Billy Ray Spencer goes to Sunday School’. The entire series of articles were to show how deep in sin the Jewish nation was. I had several posts already written with the art work finished.
    Sadly I only got one reply, so figuring no one was going to read it, I dropped the idea.
    Maybe later.
    Thanks again.

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  14. Love has different connotations for different men. For some it is sacred but for others it is just just another expression. We’ve to experience and live with it to know its true meaning. Thanks sharing a wonderful writeup. :))

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