What is this Love

매일그대와 수많은 감정들을 나눠주고 배워가며
싸우고 울고 안아주고 — 내게 말해줘 이게 사랑이라면.

Sharing and learning countless emotions everyday with you
Fighting, crying and hugging — Tell me, if this is love.

It’s an excuse to post a Kpop song. No, it’s an excuse to post anything related to love. I’m kidding. I still don’t follow EXO very much. But I love this song.

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

This love isn’t just by the world’s standards; God IS love and He KNOWS love as He IS that love. I once read this quoted somewhere, a theologian named William Girao tells us the misconception:

“God is love,” the apostle John tells us. Everything that God is, love is. The converse, however, is not true. It is inaccurate to say that everything love is, God is. Love by whose definition? Love by whose experience? Love as modeled by whom? This, in fact, is the idolatry of our generation. We have deified ‘love’.

I thoroughly believe that God wants people to find all the answers to their heart’s aching in Him. But I also thoroughly believe that He means for us also to stand side by side with someone else, be it a better half, a friend, a family, constantly walking with each other encouragingly towards Him. And not just for a season. But for a long time, constantly, towards Him. Sure, we were conditioned to think love is the butterflies and the uncontrollable smiles, and beyond all the niceties lie also the pain and the decisions — but by any human definition, we can’t box it entirely.

But love by the definition or experience or standard of anyone except by the perfection of God is imperfect love, not genuine love. And anything imperfect is not of God.

The third strand; in a love that honors God — it is so much more than a heart beating and emotions rising and falling.

— song: EXO-K’s What is Love — My niece would be so proud

I Keep Forgetting

…that this world values different things than the ones You value. While this world is bent on yelling out things like justice (without empathy), money (without charity), and rightness (without humility), You always chose the world’s loser side. You never look cool in this world taking the humble stance – nobody ever looked cool kneeling in front of a much less deserving person, more so washing that person’s feet. But ‘cool’ didn’t save people. ‘Cool’ didn’t die and lived again and redeemed a supposedly irreversible eternity of punishment. Humility did. Sincerity did. Love did.

Another thing I realized, people who are prepared to hate everything you say, will hate anything you say. I am learning not to take offense with people’s less than stellar/respectful/even intelligent comments, because, hey, what for? I only feel the start of a grim piece of work, for a future that’s ever changing. Funny how technology made everything more removed and desensitized.

When you give your life to Christ, the world becomes grimmer and darker; God didn’t say ‘sunshine and rainbows’. The world becomes cruel. But the great thing is, sunshine and rainbows are at the finish line. Forever.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
 
John 16:33

 

 

He is Jealous

14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. – Exodus 34:14

Typing the word is no better than saying it, it just makes me cringe. Jealous. It has such negative connotation, that just this one word brings into my mind a string of other less than desirable words: envy, spite, possessive, somewhere along the line a fight ensues. Nobody wants to be called jealous. Yet, God chose to be known by the name Jealous. What?

This particular thing about God really confuses me so much, especially when I let my definition of jealous define the character of God. So I needed a little help.

Jealous (adj.) a : intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness b : disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness: hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage: vigilant in guarding a possession

In my mind, jealousy was an unwelcome feeling. It’s hostile and resentful. It roots from a form of unfaithfulness, like you’ve been one-upped, and nobody likes that; or feeling like something else edged you out of your sense of importance. Of course, we all like feeling a leetle bit important, especially to people we love. Now what about God?

In the Ten Commandments, God told the Israelites that they are not to worship any other god, nor make any form of god that they can imagine, whether it’s a creature on the sky, on the land, or the sea (He pretty much covered everything – no excuses). God does not want anything to take His place in our hearts, in our devotion, in our worship (be it money, careers, ourselves, or some guy/girl). Why? He created us, each of us, uniquely, for His purposes and for His glory. He breathed life into us. He lovingly fashioned us with all our little quirks, and took delight in writing out our futures. Now, with such devotion from God and such faithfulness, doesn’t the word jealous take on new light?

I learned from Google that jealous was also interchangeably used with the word zealous, back in the days.

Zeal (n) : eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something

God is crazy about you. He loves you, period. He wants you so bad that He loved you at your worst, and He gave you His best. He loved you so bad He died for you, so you can have a life with Him. When we find out how much God is so devoted to us, it’s so natural to respond with that devotion back to Him. So He is jealous for us, He wants us to place nothing else in this world above Him, because He loved us first that way. He will continue to guard you and protect you, pursue you and keep you close. It’s humbling and amazing.  He deserves faithfulness, because He has been so faithful. There’s no competing with a love like that.