Mother Teresa said, “The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done”.
Imagine loving someone desperately, though the individual does not reciprocate the sentiment; this is unrequited love, love that is unanswered or unreturned.
In 1 John 4 we read that God is love; He is the originator, embodiment and essence of all that love is! He exists as love, passionately extending it to, and over us. Yet, His gestures are often unnoticed or ignored.
The Bible tells us that God said: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature.” God purposely made us in His likeness so that He could have intimate fellowship with us; so that we could accept Him, and genuinely reciprocate His affection. Furthermore, He did this with the purest of intentions; evident by the fact that He gave us a free will.
He could have assured Himself of our life-long devotion. He could have been our addiction, our solitary passion! But true to God’s character, He chose instead to give us the freedom to embrace or to reject Him. The God who is love, wants our devotion to Him to be heartfelt, not mandated.
I listened to a teaching by Winnie Banov recently. She pointed out that love is a wooing experience, not a legal or lawful responsibility. If we really love someone we are drawn to them and we willingly abandon ourselves into the relationship.
God hungers for reciprocal love; He wants those abandoned and tender moments with us. Let us respond and return His sentiments, and experience the ultimate success of loving.
1 John 4:16 NLT We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 12/13/2009 11:26 PM