What does love look like?

When you hear the word “love” what comes to mind? Chocolates? Roses? Extravagance?

When God spoke of love what did he have in mind? Sacrifice. Brokenness. Beauty.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16-17 (Msg)

Jesus sacrificed his position as God and came to a broken world. He allowed this broken world to humiliate him, bruise him, crush him, and then to kill him. Three days later, he rose again. Reconciliation, wholeness, and beauty were born.

Jesus became broken so that a broken world could experience reconciliation, wholeness, and beauty.

What does love look like? Sacrifice. Brokenness. Beauty.

What does love look like?

A daughter sitting by her aged mother’s bedside, gently stroking her hand, looking into a vacant face, obviously in pain but unable to communicate. Strength ebbing because of dehydration caused by her inability to swallow sips of water. Time drags as they wait for the doctor. In a room of weakness, deterioration, and pain, she quietly stands up, leans over the bed, eyes turning to pools of water, and says, “Mum, Jesus is with you. You know that, don’t you? He’s here to help you.” “Jesus is with you”. She lovingly touches her mother’s face – “Jesus is with you”. “Jesus is with you”. The words linger in the room.

What does love look like?

Parents choosing with a faltering and yet quiet confidence to have the baby the doctors deem imperfect and worthless. They choose to give birth, to love, to sacrifice, to care, only to find that their little girl with all her imperfections teaches them what love looks like. She teaches them how to love. Her life gives perfection a new definition. Sacrifice and brokenness become beauty.

What does love look like?

A wife hanging on, believing, not willing to give up that the man she married will one day be one with her. Not just physically but spiritually, too. Prayers and tears of sacrifice and brokenness year after year. And then that joyful, long awaited day comes. Reconciliation, wholeness, and being united in faith. Sacrifice and brokenness become beauty.

What does love look like?

A gentle touch. A heart of compassion. An embrace. Words of encouragement. A gift meeting a need at just the right time. Prayers of healing. Time spent listening. Comforts sacrificed for the cause of others. Going that extra mile. Open hands giving away what the Father has placed in them.

Love has many faces. Faces which are shining in dark places every moment of every day all over the world, as children of the Father recognise that they can love because he has loved.

What does love look like?

Arms stretched out on the cross. No sacrifice too big to pay. No brokenness too much to endure in light of another life receiving reconciliation, wholeness, and beauty. We love because he loved!

“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us.” 1 John 4:17 (Msg)

 What will love look like today in your world?

Be blessed.

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One comment on “What does love look like?

  1. Eileen and David

    July 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful and Holy Spirit inspired. “…….that we may have power to grasp how wide and long, and high and deep is the LOVE OF CHRIST, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge”. Eph. 3:18. Blessings and love from Eileen.

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