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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Beautifully said as always, Karina! As another song goes, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” but not just imperfect, changeable human love, but love born of the Spirit of God.
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.
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.
My little sis,
Amen!! Yes, God is the greatest love ever told! You are welcome, sis. Thank you for reading and for the lovely response to my post. Have a marvelous day.
Such beautiful words to start the day. Thank you Karina.
Dear sister Beth,
You are welcome 🙂 hope and pray your day will be going beautifully. GOD bless.
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!
Thank you very much 🙂 yes God love endures forever! Thank you for wonderful comment,sis 🙂 God bless you.
God is indeed patient.
Yes! God is patient. His love to us is always patient 🙂 Thank you for reading, Yoshiko. Have a blessed day.
Welcome, Karina 🙂 have a blessed day too
Dear sis Heather,
Thank for reading and the love heart 🙂 much blessings to you.
And you as well!
Thank you Karina, for sharing the love of God in a very beautiful and unique way.
Hello brother, Jim..
You are welcome 🙂 I also thank you for reblogged my post. What a great honor to me 🙂 Thank you and have a blessed day.
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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
Thank you very much for the such lovely comment 🙂 Yes, we have to remember that God loves us first. That’s why we must love God too. Same with you, I really love that quote as well. Once again thank you for reading and commenting my post 🙂 God bless you..
Have a great weekend!
Beautiful post Karina! God bless you! Have a blessed day.
Thank you so much 🙂 God bless you too and have a wonderful and blessed day.
Your welcome Karina. 🙂
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
Thank you very much for the such lovely comment on my post 🙂 I also love your posts and trying to always visiting you blog. Have a blessed weekend to you and your family too 🙂
You are very welcome and thank you.
I love the song! I also love your post, Karina!
Thank you very much 🙂 Thank for always reading my posts. Have a wonderful weekend. God bless you 🙂
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,
Hi Karina, this is such a lovely and heartfelt post. Thank you so much, reading this was a wonderful way to start my evening!
You are welcome, sis. Thank you for reading and happy fourth of July ‘:) have a wonderful and blessed evening.
Great word Karina 🙂
Hello dear friend, Lauren.
Thank you very much 🙂 I am sorry for the late reply. Happy fourth of July and have a wonderful Sunday. God bless you.
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Karina, I especially appreciate your comments at the end about loving our enemies. The way God loved us when we were enemies. So difficult and so necessary.
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.
Rumi ~ “Come out of the circle of time,
And into the circle of love”
Thank you very much for reading my post and for the rumi’s quote. I love that quote 🙂 Thank you and have blessed day.
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!
Dear sister Nancy,
Thank you for your wonderful comment 🙂 Yes you are so true. We couldn’t love each other without His great love in us. Thank you and much blessings to you, sis.
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!
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.
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Following that one philosophy would probably cover most of the commandments and lead to more of the world just getting along. Nice post.
Lovely comment 🙂 Thank you very much for reading. Much blessings.
Love makes everything possible 🙂
Amen! Indeed 🙂 have a wonderful and blessed day.
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.
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.
I loved this post Karina 🙂 thanks so much. Your words are filled with love. B Blessed!
Dear sis Lilka,
You are welcome,sis. Thank you for the lovely comment, I am grateful you love my post 🙂 have a blessed day.
Beautifully spoken. You are such an anointed writer with God’s Love evidenced in all that you write. God bless you, Karina!!
Thank you very much 🙂 Thank you for the uplifting and encouraging comment. God bless you and have a beautiful day.
You too Karina. Many blessings to you and your family!
Thanks for this beautiful post Karina. I have learnt more than you can imagine from every word. So right on point! Reblogging now…. 🙂
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for reblogging my post. Such a great honor to me. Have a blessed day.
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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.
❤this ! 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂 Glad you like my post. Blessings.
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.
You are welcome 🙂 I love read anything good for my knowledge. Blessings.
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. :))
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you very much for the such insightful comment. God bless 🙂
My sincere thanks madam.
GOD BLESS. :))
Always crazy to follow heart wooohhh !
Thank you for reading 🙂 God bless.
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I hope things are good w/ you and yours, Karina. Your presence online is much missed. Life, however, takes precedence over blogging (LOL). ❤
Hello, sister Anna
Thank you very much for your attention. I’m grateful to God everything is good here though I’m in very hard situation here. Many problem I have to face here. Your prayer will be very helpful. Thank you, sister Anna. God Bless