It seems a well-tested fact and truth of our human life and experience is the need to love and be loved. While our basic need may be physical and material, that by itself does not satisfy the real longing of our emotion and heart desire. Our human nature is not just physical and material, but also deeply emotional and spiritual and the power and ability to experience such is beyond us. Our desire for God who can meet such a need is inmate explaining the reason Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The Psalmist also alluded as follows, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my heart/soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. . . “ (Psalm 42:1-2)
The right kind of love that you and I need to satisfy our soul longing can only be planted inside us, and nourished by Him. This is why the word of God admonishes us, “Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:7-9). God’s kind of love is not selfish for personal consumption only, but also to give away. It is not possessiveness, but something to share so others can benefit thereby to gain full intent and expression. God’s kind of love is what the humanity needs in friendship, marriage, family and other interpersonal relationships, though expressed differently but rooted in God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is this kind of unconditional love that God has for us drafting us into His kingdom through personal relationship with Jesus Christ: that He also wants us have for others who have not known him to draw them to Him. It is the same pure love that God desires for us to have one for another within the church irrespective of our differences. If we are truly in Christ, this is the strongest bond we have in Him.
The question and challenge is: “Do you have God’s love and do you share it with others who need it?”
- Dr. Johnson Omoni