Hello there friends! Just a quick note before this post! This is our first guest post. They will be every third Tuesday of the month UNLESS it’s a month with five weeks, then they will be on Thursday. Our first guest blogger is my (Sarah’s) friend Sarah. I know what a coincidence we are both named Sarah, and are such good friends right? She is a wonderful human who I met at the first camp I ever worked at. I’m excited for you all to hear from her! -Sarah
Something about Love
I’m sure you all have heard something in the past few days about the holiday coming up. Well, I guess now today’s the day! I guess I find myself floating in the middle of the spectrum for feelings on Valentine’s Day. Allow me to explain – I think Valentine’s day is so much fun. Sure, it’s a commercial holiday, chocolate and teddy bear companies make millions. Hey – sue me for thinking it’s fun to make a cute card with a cheesy note and sparkly heart stickers on it! But the day also tends to remind me about my current relationship status: and that would be “single as a pringle”.
When I was asked to jump in and write on love, though, I was stoked. It’s been a topic on my heart and on my mind a great deal lately. My closest friends are now all in relationships, I’ve been crushing on someone, and, of course, V-Day has been creeping up on us. I’ve gone through the motions of “When will it be my turn?” all the way to “I trust God to bring me someone more amazing than I could ever dream.”
I don’t think singleness isn’t what has been my main problem. I’ve been dealing with something that I imagine everyone faces, whether they’re in a relationship or not. I get so caught up in earthly things – education, technology, romance – that I don’t remember that God is so much greater than all of these. And He has been so gracious to remind me when I start to get distracted. Just this past week, I’ve been blessed by multiple pastors, a new book, and Scripture in reorienting me back towards the Lord.
So here’s a couple things God has put on my heart lately:
When God established the Old Covenant with His people, He gave them laws, they said they could keep them, and swore by sacrifice. They knew if they didn’t keep the promises they made, they would be in trouble. When they forgot and ignored God’s law, He brought them into judgment. But when they came to a time where they questioned if He was still for them, He made the promise of a New Covenant. He didn’t want death and destruction for His people. When He promised the new covenant for His people, He made these promises – “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts… For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34
“But God demonstrates His love for us in this – that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. Knowing humanity was unable to keep the Lord’s commands on our own, He made a way for us to come back to Him. Jesus’ blood fulfilled the New Covenant (Luke 22:19-20), and we were brought into a new relationship with God. Through this New Covenant, we’re granted a few things: the desire and ability to obey God, the ability to know God intimately (both through the power of the Holy Spirit), and permanent forgiveness of our sins. We no longer shed our own blood as a repayment for our failure to keep God’s commandments, rather we are promised that Jesus is the guarantor (Heb 7:22), and the mediator (Heb 9:15) of the new covenant. His sacrifice and His alone is what guarantees our relationship with God.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11. Jesus came to this world so be the sacrifice that saved us. What an amazing love. He came so that we might have life abundantly (John 10:10).
He also tells us that if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit (John 15:5). What the heck does that mean? Well, not only do we get to know God intimately, but as we abide in his Word, life, and love, we are made more and more like Christ. That means as we get to know God more, we start to see things the way He does, and love like He does. We come to know more of the kind of love He has for us. He sent His son for a broken, disobedient and ignorant people – to save us, that we may have life and joy in Him (John 15:11).
Thinking about that brings me back to a pretty joyful place. I have been reminded that my God loves me, pursues me, and saves me from death and destruction. Though I know I couldn’t ever repay Him, I’d say that deserves the biggest Valentine’s Day card of all.
Wishing you abundant joy, peace, and blessings –
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