From the old days, I have heard Romeo and Juliet being used ultimately to represent love in practicality. The truth from my end is; I have not us much studied their story as I have studied that of Christ from the scriptures, and I beg to differ but I didn’t see any resemblance among the two.
Personally, I have been through different shades, forms, levels, faces and times of love. One thing is true, the more you go through love the more you either love more or love less. It depends entirely on how you examine the issue.
The Bible clearly defines, “God is love”. This pressupposes that Love must definitely be God. There are different stages of love that we go through but truth is, we have not really seen love unless we see it look exactly like God.
Why? Naturally, Love must be unconditional! Why do I say that? The answer is, because God is definitely unconditional. If God is love, then love must have qualities that make it look God. God is God, whether He is worshipped or not, whether he is respected or not, insulted or not, despised or not, wanted or not, whatever you do to God doesn’t change His personality as God. So the same must apply to love.
So God loved us and gave His Only Son. Great! Isn’t it? Now let’s analyse God’s actions. God so love the world; which means that God loved the place where sin abound even though in His nature He knows no sin and sin cannot dwell in His presence. So God loved something that was not in the shape he was compatible with.
Because God so loved the world, He gave His only son. So God also decided to be the one to help the brides situation with His own resources. He wanted that bride so bad, He couldn’t choose another. He had to make the bride suite His nature.
He sent His Son to come and die. In other words, God gave something He didn’t expect the bride to cherish or protect. He understood the ignorant state of the bride for Love’s sake.
Since God knows the end from the beginning, I suppose He also knew that not everyone will accept his Son, and not all who accepted will keep him till the end. God knew, but He didn’t blink anyway, He sent the son. From looking at the way as Christians, we still sin freely, I realize something about God, that He is Love in practicality.
When it comes to human beings, we see a different mode of operation. Men are afraid to love each other, too careful not to be hurt by anybody and too careful not to be rejected. We don’t see that in God. God knew the consequences first-hand, but He still went in anyway.
When people begin to offend us, when they repeat their offences, we grow impatient and indifferent, more of self-righteousness. We tend to make them pay for their offences even when they apologize. We hide behind the fact that they keep doing what they’re doing. Have you considered the things God doesn’t like that you do, and the fact that you keep on doing and regreting and still doing it anyway?
The thin line is this; until a man can become very selflessly loving, He cannot be like God. God is selfless whenever He’s loving the world. The bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us. How did we know He loved us? Because He made clear His feelings. I’ve met people who don’t care about others, when you ask them, they go like, “he also doesn’t care about me” or “she hasn’t also smiled to me before”. We want the “others” to take the initiative of loving.
If you keep your eyes on the effect of Jesus on your life, it won’t be difficult to be an unconditional lover. Why? Because though Christ loved you, died for you, and intercedes for you every moment, he has never given up on you when you sin. Whenever you say sorry, He forgives you. Have you thought of it before?
Unforgiveness is a symptom of Conditional love, which is no love at all. Because there’s no such thing as Conditional God. You love people without Conditions, you decide to practice it with conditions but the fire that burns in you, burns no matter what.
In Galatians 5:22-23, we understand that there is no law against love. Things means that you can fall love anyone and everyone Just like God who so loved the world. But you must be willing to give your only begotten son. That is your investment.
One last thing! When God gave His only begotten son, he was conscious of the fact that not everyone will believe in His son. Sometimes, you are afraid to love because you feel they might not feel the same about you. You must love anyway, because when they don’t love, they’ll perish and not you.
God loves without boundaries. I believe that most of the things we enjoy in the Church now, and there are a lot of other Church folks criticizing those things, the reason that is still happening is because God is loving without constraints.
All men have not Faith. Faith is when your love is acting. Not all men can act the script their love have written because of the mindsets they possess. Love them anyway. Love men, love them in all things.