Falling in love with - JESUS ?!?
07.12.10 | | Comments
Crazy idea, right? At least I thought so! This blog is for my girls specifically, but I’d love to get feedback from the guys too! A few weeks ago I gave a talk on modesty and purity to a group of wonderful teen and pre-teen girls. During the talk, I briefly mentioned something about falling in love with Jesus BEFORE they found their girlfriends and future spouses. Well… what does falling in love with Jesus look like exactly?
I was around 15 when I first heard of the concept of falling in love with Jesus. At first I was skeptical. Jesus was God, not some guy to crush on! I found my heart truly wanting to love Jesus first, so I started praying for that to happen.
Ok, well what does falling in love with God look like? I knew you could have a deep Philo (brotherly love) for the Lord, but an Eros (romantic) love? Nah! I didn’t really like emotional stuff and much preferred knowing the Lord on an intellectual level. I wasn’t at all convinced until it happened to me! I knew there were scriptures about the Lord being my husband, and that was cool and all, but um… I wanted a man with skin on. You know?
It’s possible for even skeptics to fall in love! And the experience will look and feel different for different people. We don’t all fall for the same type of guys and neither will you fall for the same things about the Lord. I like dark, clean-cut guys with a sense of humor; my friend goes for the skateboarding or slightly disheveled artsy types. That’s how it goes with the Lord (well I have no idea if he’s clean cut or artsy) but you know what I mean! I think I first started falling in Love with Jesus when I noticed His unique sense of humor. (aside from the fact that He created me – ha!) Oh, and another thing. His faithfulness attracted me. What is it for you? What character trait do you love about the Lord?
So where does the Eros (romantic) love come in? Well, I fall in love when I see a beautiful waterfall and my heart skips a beat. That’s God wooing me through His Creation! Or when I’m praying for the Lord to reassure me of His love, and in that moment, I drive around the corner to behold the biggest sand dune I’ve ever seen! Then a Psalm pops into my head (that’s God talking and responding to me!) and I remember “How great are Your thoughts to me oh God, how great is the sum of them, if I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand…” It’s all about personal relationship. If you let Him, God will literally woo you to Himself.
Love is the feeling that bubbles up in your heart as you worship. It’s the restless unease you feel when you haven’t spent time with Him. It’s the need to carve out time for “Date nights with Jesus” in your schedule.
Girls, I didn’t understand what love meant in human romantic relationships until the Lord showed me what it meant to fall in love with Him first! It’s a lot easier to recognize “true love” when you’ve been taught how to love by the Creator of true love! Do I still want a man with skin on? Absolutely! But now that I know what love means, I’m a whole lot more ‘picky’ and the waiting is so much easier.
Don’t hold out for a perfect man. They don’t exist. They’re all sinners like we are! But hold out for a man that loves Jesus more than you do and will try his best to love you the same way the Lord loves you!
God created men and woman to complement each other, not complete each other. Our culture is very mixed up in that respect! Asking a guy to complete you and fill that need in your life to be unquestionably accepted and loved is too much pressure. It’s also unreasonable to ask of men because only the Lord can fill that area of your heart. Him and Him alone.
If you’re already in a relationship, you know relationships take work. Well so does a relationship with the Lord. It must be cultivated. He will woo you, but you in turn must respond and spend time getting to know Him. Falling in love with Jesus is awesome. His Personality is as deep as you’re gonna get! There’s always another side of Him to discover too. Trust me, you’ll never get bored! And experiencing His love helps you grasp how to love others in return. Loving them with God’s love! You can’t get any better than that.
May you know what it feels like to fall in love with Jesus before you fall in love with a man!