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God's Kind Of Love

by Kathleen Whitten


I recently skimmed an article describing the divorce between an actor and an actress. The actor was quoted as saying to his wife, “I love you; I’m just not in love with you any more.”

 

For some reason, I have been thinking a lot about that statement. To me it means, “I love you deep down inside, but the feelings that used to make me feel good are no longer there.”

 

As humans, we all (in some capacity) can understand the statement: “I love you; I’m just not in love with you any more.” There are not only people throughout our lives, but also events, hobbies, sports, and interests we once loved but grew tired of or less passionate about.

 

But the question becomes: was that really love in the first place?


I’ve seen a lot of Dear Abby articles about the Difference between Love and Lust.

But what about the difference between God’s kind of love and man’s kind of love?

Man’s kind of love says, “I’ll love you while you are still beautiful and make me feel good.” But God’s kind of love says, “I love you, and you are beautiful through the eyes of love.”

 

Sometimes we can experience God’s kind of love through a person. Some years ago, my hair was falling out slowly and somewhat painfully during chemotherapy, so I asked my hairdresser to come and shave it all off. I never considered myself attached to my hair—but having no hair can initially make you feel naked, uncovered and even a little shameful.

 

My mother and several nurses had already seen me bald. But that evening my husband, Lacey (who had been known me since 1986), was going to come to the hospital to see me for the first time without hair.

I thought:

If he is sad, then I will be sad.

If he looks away, I will cry.

If he ignores that my hair is gone then I will know I repulse him.

 

But when Lacey walked in the room—his eyes lit up with God’s kind of love and he gave me a hug and said, “I love you without hair! It is the first time I have ever noticed your beautiful bone structure.”

 

I learned that day God’s kind of love is so deep and so true it is unveiled in layers. When one layer or aspect of man’s love is removed, then it avails an opportunity for a deeper, truer revelation of God’s love to be unveiled.

 

Sometimes God shows us this deeper unveiling of His love through others, but other times God’s kind of love is revealed when we do not receive it from another person.

 

Man’s kind of love says, “I’ll love you while I agree with you, and you are pleasing to me.” But God’s kind of love says, “I love you, and it has nothing to do with what you do.”

 

Have you ever been so hurt, rejected or misunderstood that all human voices sounded like the clanging gongs mentioned in I Corinthians 13:1? Finally, you came to the realization only God could fully offer you the love that you need!

 

Have you ever been so grieved, desperate, confused, or sad that you actually found strange comfort in the book of Job and finally understood God’s kind of love would be the only balm to heal your wounds?

 

When no one else understood, look at what King David wrote about God’s kind of love:

 

“You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? My enemies turn back in the day that I call; this I know, that God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In Jehovah (I will praise His word), In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do unto me?” (Psalm 56:8-11)

 

Sometimes we have glimpses of God’s kind of love in our lives when others truly love us in God’s way, seeing us through the eyes of love. Other times, God allows an unveiling of His love when we realize no one can possibly understand or love us in the way in which we need to be loved.

 

During those times, God reaches out to us. His desire is for us to run into His open arms and receive the indescribable and perfect love He has for us—not because we always please Him or do the right things, but because He loves us.


Pray:
Dear Jesus, Please continue to reveal your constant, perfect and wonderful love toward me. I really need you in my life, especially concerning _____________ where I do not feel loved (understood, appreciated or cared for). I know only You can truly meet the need for love I have in my heart. Thank you for loving me forever and always and for seeing me as beautiful through Your eyes of love.

 

Also God, remind me of the times You have used another person to give me glimpses of Your God-kind of love. Please allow me to be this person in the lives of others. Only through You can I love in Your way. Help me to love others. Amen.


Believe:

“You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? My enemies turn back in the day that I call; This I know, that God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In Jehovah (I will praise His word), In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do unto me?” (Psalm 56:8-11)

 


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