February. The month of love.
Valentine’s Day. Flowers and candy.
Romantic dinners for some….dinners alone for others. Bleh.
I used to be one of those people who rolled their eyes at all the flowers, balloons, red paper hearts and mushy love stuff that was everywhere I turned in the month of February. Bleh.
Seriously, people….can’t you be a little considerate of all the single people who haven’t had a date in years? Why do you have to be so obnoxious with all the yucky love stuff?
Well, something interesting has happened to me.
I’ve discovered true love.
You see, this world we live in celebrates a shallow love that is defined by giddiness and silly gifts. Don’t get me wrong…I look forward to sentimental cards and romantic evenings, but this does not define love.
Misty Edwards sings a song that defines love as “arms wide open, heart exposed”….
This is the love Jesus has for you.
He loves you. He loves you. He loves you.
This is what love looks like.
His arms wide open…
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering
“What does love look like?”
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking
once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful
I once believed that love was a momentary bliss
But love is more than this
All You ever wanted was my attention
All You ever wanted was love from me
All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at
Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused
If all of life comes down to love
Then love has to be more than sentiment
More than selfishness and selfish gain
And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me
I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me
He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me
I could not escape those beautiful eyes
And I began to weep and weep
He had arms wide open, a heart exposed
Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me
Looking at Him, hanging on a tree
I began to weep and weep and weep and weep
This is how I know what love is,
This is how I know what love is
And as I sat there weeping, crying
Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love
He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me
You shall love Me, You shall love Me”
With arms wide open, a heart exposed
If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places
If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me
Take up your cross, deny yourself
Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me
You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness
You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so
And You’ll come alive when you learn to die
Oh how He loves you and me, friend.
How can we not abandon all to follow Him?