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“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

Reflect

I think it is so sad the love that many young girls and women are settling for. I think it is sad because it is that kind of “love” I have craved and subjected myself to in the past, and it has devastated me. Movies and television show us that it is normal to be sexualized and objectified. In fact, they encourage it. They preach to us that “true love” consists of chocolate candy and happiness that never fades. Even worse, they equate love to a feeling—totally stripping it of it true, sacrificial meaning. Social media screams at us to show our bodies off, and we worship an inauthentic perception of reality that could never be attainable. We sacrifice our bodies on the alter of sex and lust; we believe our value and worth come from what others think of us. All in all, society has a pretty messed up view on what love actually is and on how we perceive we should be treated.

My dear saints, God loved us so much that He wanted to redeem our sinfulness (1 John 4:9-10). Sending His Son to die for our sins, we can know that this kind of love is sacrificial. Jesus lovingly obeyed the Father—it wasn’t forced. This divine love between the Father and Son should cause our hearts to rejoice. We didn’t deserve this loving grace, but instead, it was offered to us freely.

When I look the Scriptures and see all throughout history God has shown us mercy and grace, my heart will never be satisfied with any other kind of love. The Lord’s love is better than life, and I encourage you, sisters, to rest in this truth. We don’t have to settle for a love that drains us and knocks us off the path of holiness. When we know and trust in the love of Christ, we are emboldened to live our lives in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel and never settle for less. Instead of looking to the world for what kind of love we ought to seek, look to Christ and pursue His love and holiness first. The right man will love and sacrifice for you just as Christ sacrificed for His bride. That is true love.

Pray

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. I pray for a fuller understanding of the Gospel so that I might be equipped to live it out. Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross for my sin. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. Please constantly remind me of Your sacrificial love and grace. Amen.

Your Turn

Meditate on 1 John 3:1 and pray for a deeper understanding of the great love the Father has shown us. Pray it would transform your heart and your mind as you continue to pursue Christ and conform to His image.