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?