God, Love & Romance.
How many of you are lonely and looking for romance? I didn’t ask “how many of you were married or in a relationship”. You can be married or in a long-term relationship and be lonely. I ask the question, “how many of you are lonely and looking for romance?”
Unfortunately, if you’re lonely than you’re looking for romance in the wrong place. I love the title of this album, because to walk with God you must understand it requires a very intimate relationship with Him. It’s the most intimate relationship you’ll ever have; here on earth and in heaven. If you don’t understand that then you’ll “never” experience all that He has for you and you’ll “never” be satisfied.
Our Greatest Love.
No earthly person can ever give you the level of intimacy you need to be satisfied. Yet, we constantly put those demands on our love ones and blame them when our needs are not met. It’s not them…it’s YOU! You’re looking for love in all the wrong places. If that was God’s intention then there would be at least one scripture that would speak to “romantic love”. But instead, our greatest calling is to love God most of all, before anything or anyone (children, husband, father, mother, friends, or things).
Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Tested and True.
Being intimate with God requires work and takes time. You have to be willing to put in that same level of work you were willing to put into that earthly relationship you so desperately wanted.
God wants love that comes with a sacrifice. Isn’t that what we want from our love ones? True love that will be there day in and day out, good, bad and ugly, young and old, happy and sad, rich or poor, up or down, honest and true.
It’s funny because its during the testing phase of any relationship that one determines whether or not this is the right relationship for them. But with God, we are always the ones that abandon Him during the test. He never questions whether or not we are right for Him, despite all of our flaws. He remains right there waiting for us to return; still loving us just as passionately as before.
As a matter of fact, He wanted us to know how dedicated He was to this relationship so He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us, yet we still question His love.
There is only one path to intimacy with God. You must spend time with Him and believe what He says in His word about you and His love for you. Isn’t that what happens in any relationship? The more you trust and believe in that person the closer and more intimate the relationship grows. It is the same with God. As you do, your love affair with Him will become increasingly more fulfilling to your heart, spirit and soul.
Enjoy this great song “I Feel Good” and check out the entire album “God, Love & Romance” by Fred Hammond.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.