Ah, love. Love has been the abstract of artists, the theme of thespians, the perch of poets. What is love? What does it look like? How does it feel within me? How do you know you have it? We sure seem to know when we’ve lost it or when it’s missing.
In the Bible, we have the opportunity to receive God’s love and to be reflections of God’s love. So fast is the love between God and his people that we must consider it from its multifaceted perspectives. Proverbs provides a portrait of love. In its brevity, we discover that:
- Love forgives – 10:12
- Love corrects – 13:24
- Love shows mercy – 14:22
- Love makes everything better – 15:17
- Love overpowers evil – 16:6
- Love bonds – 17:9
- Love is constant – 17:17
- Love is king – 19:22
- Love praises others – 20:6
- Love upholds – 20:28
- Love is honesty – 27:5
Love is the most beautiful portrait in all the galleries of life. God’s love is the beginning and end of our lives, and it is the supreme story that spans all storylines. Drawing inspiration from God’s love, Frederick Lehman wondered as he wrote these words:
“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
were every stalk on earth a quill,
And ev’ry man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Tho’ stretch from sky to sky.”
There is no more amazing artwork than that of the redemptive and resplendent love of God. He is the Artist of love whose brush never falters.
Many people keep photos of joyful times with their loved ones. Let me encourage you to hold a portrait of God within your heart and mind. You can hold on to those special moments of God’s love in many ways: keeping a prayer journal, memorizing verses about his love, setting a time to meet with God, or reflecting on special moments of his goodness.
What do you do to recall God’s love? I pray that you continue to live in the love of God as you hang portraits of his love within your heart!