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The Search for True Love

February 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley

For all the talk about romance in our culture, you’d think that falling in love with another human being is the most important thing that could happen to a person. And while romantic relationships are fine within appropriate boundaries, we need to remember something crucial: Romance is not the pinnacle of our existence.

Beyond the scope of marriage, or even our friendships and the love we have for our families, is a love that surpasses any other, one so complete and consuming that it reaches to the ends of the universe and into the depths of the human heart. This is the love of Christ, the Savior, who died on the cross, rose from the grave, and dwells in believing hearts through the Holy Spirit. His love is unrelenting and never changes—not today, not ever (James 1:17).

On the surface, you may agree with this. “Of course,” you might say, “God’s love is far greater and more important than anything else a person could desire.” But deep down, our beliefs aren’t always what we think they are.

Honestly assess your own heart: What love do you prize most? Have you neglected the Lord by making idols of the relationships you cherish, whether romantic in nature or the brotherly love you have for friends and family members? Or do you doubt that God’s love could ever fulfill you?

The truth of the matter is that there’s no higher love than what we receive from God. It is greater than our greatest sin, and it doesn’t depend on what we have or haven’t done. The love of God has no beginning and no end.

For the world around us, February may be a time to think of romance, but I’d like to encourage you to take a different approach: to focus on the higher love of almighty God. Don’t just think or talk about His affection toward you; experience it firsthand in prayer, worship, and acts of obedience.

Remember, to know the love of God is to know God Himself. The question is, Do you?

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  • March 13, 2013 12:49 AM


    I know God loves me, but I just feel like all He does is hurt me and push me away whenever I even try to get close to Him. I've tried to do everything He wants me to do in my life, and all He seems to do is punish me for it, not reward me. I do doubt that God's love can fulfill me. I know I shouldn't, but I just feel like the only thing that can fulfill me is the physical companionship of another person. I don't want anything sinful, I just want to be in love with another person so much it hurts. I just really feel like God doesn't want me to be happy.
  • February 28, 2013 08:01 PM


    Hard to believe I could love anything or anyone more than my family
    But after thinking about it , it's the right thing to do because your family should also
    Place. GOD as there first love.
  • February 28, 2013 07:35 PM


    Dr. Stanley, you and Dr. Billy Graham are the few that I listen almost every day,
    both are rich in God true. This article let me see my family in a new way. Thank You Dr. Stanley for this information......Good bless you always. PGI
  • February 24, 2013 11:23 AM


    I can relate to Job, lost my kids through senseless, lost our home, and went crazy, lives on the streets for three years, all the while,i kept talking to Jesus. This is true. I got back on track(off the streets, which was no mean feat!!! With Christ all things are possible, remember that!
    Then my younger son committed suicide. Senselessness again. This time, i stayed straight and focused and kept my eyes on Jesus. I am a living testimony that can without a doubt, say the Lord's love knows no bounds and surpasses all.
    Good work, Dr.Stanley! God bless all!
  • February 23, 2013 07:25 PM


    This article is true. i have doubted could or shall i say can God's love alone fulfill me.
  • February 22, 2013 03:20 PM


    Brilliantly written and lovingly true, thank you Dr. Stanley for the beauty of your love for all Gods children and for your devoted love of God that enables you to bring us Gods truth that encourages others to seek Him. God bless you and thank you,
    Terri L. C.
  • February 21, 2013 07:34 PM


    very good article
  • February 05, 2013 11:08 PM


    How do I beginning to love god.

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