Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I Want

What do I want more than anything else?
Happiness, safety, comfort, health, wealth?  Yes, I want all of these.
But one thing above all others?

Yes, there is one thing.
I want--we all want--this:
What a man desires is unfailing love.--Proverbs 19:22

Yes, that's it.
I want to be loved without hesitation or interruption, no matter whether I am good, or cranky, or even downright evil.
I want a lover I cannot wear down, ever.
I want a companion who comes back time after blessed time, no matter what I do.

Because I know that no other love is love at all.
Love that even hints at an end is just a brief stroke from a generous hand.  It's negotiation.  It is a dream.

Love has one impossible, defining characteristic.
Love never fails.--1 Corinthians 13:8

In a human world, love always fails.
I want a lover who loves me, not because of who I am, but in spite of it.
I need this kind of love because without unfailing love, I will fall, completely and disastrously.

And I can find this kind of love, but I have only one option.  No man, no child, no friend can give it.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know that this love surpasses knowledge..--Ephesians 3:17-19

No person can truly love, but Christ can, surpassing reason and knowledge, rising above flesh and blood, walking out of the grave and taking my hand so He can show me the way home.
That is what I want.


  1. There's a song that goes,

    "Do you have the first love, the Savior gave you.
    Is that fire still burnin' in your soul.
    Do you feel the same way as you did on that day.
    Does your zeal keep you pressing toward the goal."

    Seems fitting on this post.

  2. It's a negotiation.

    That stuck out. It's so true. Anything but unfailing love really is just a negotiation.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mary Beth @newlifesteward

  3. I want that same type of love as well. Only a love that Jesus can give. Beautiful words. Thank you for linking up at Leaving A Legacy.


  4. This is so true. God has loved me through it all. No one is capable of that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Amen. This is true love.

  6. The things we do for love, and not all of them are good. Thanks for sharing!
    Susan (linking up from Leaving a Legacy)

    1. Hmmm...remembering that everything we do for love is not good reminds me how little we sometimes understand love at all.

  7. Free and unconditional love. It's ours. God, love others through me.

  8. Amen! Oh, the deep deep love of Jesus! Beautiful!

  9. AMEN! Our Lord loves me consistently, which is a huge blessing. And I can worship every day.

    But the other blessing: I happen to have a husband who loves me, was sent to me as God's loving representative. No matter how jerky I am, Dave loves me. [I DO try to not be jerky towards him, b/c he's such a blessing/loving man. That's a good behavior issue on my part... right?? ;-)]]

    1. My own Dave has loved me through thick and thin, too. Why is it so easy to take them for granted? Oh, yes, you already said...God's loving representative. ;)

  10. I'm so thankful for a God who loves. Loved enough to send His Son, loved me first, and teaches me to love also.