"love doesn't get cancelled"... x
Well, since it is February I decided to write about love. But what is love, exactly? The word in itself is interesting. We often throw it around like it is nothing, when in reality it IS everything. We will say things like... I love you, I love music, I love sports, I love my dogs, I love to write, I love pizza, etc. But do we really know what love is?
If I say "I love chocolate," isn't that a lot different than me saying, "I love you?" Sometimes I wish there were different expressions we could use or a checklist to describe LOVE, because I think all of us may be a little bit confused?!
I'm sure you've heard this expression before, or maybe you've even said it to someone... "I love you, but I am no longer IN love with you." WHAT??? What exactly does that mean? How do you love someone and then no longer love them? Yes, I understand that FEELINGS change and people change, but does that mean love STOPS? If so, were we ever really IN love in the first place?
Hmm... something to think about?!
I started asking God a million questions, as I often do... "What is love? How do we know what is real? You say that you are love, but what does that really mean? How do we express love in our relationships? Show me love, etc."
A few nights later, I had this dream:
I was shown a heart that was torn in half. One half said HEART on it and the other half said SOUL. I was given glue, tape, a gold needle and purple thread and I was told to put the heart back together.
I tried to glue it back but it wouldn't stick. I tried to tape it but it was crooked and wasn't pieced together properly. I'm naturally not good at sewing, so this was my last resort. haha I took the gold needle and purple thread and began sewing it back together.
As I finished, it didn't look perfect, it was bumpy and ugly... but at the same time it was WHOLE and BEAUTIFUL.
The blueprint is you, inked upon your finger, engraved upon my heart.
You SEE, often times we try to make (what we think is), love stick or we tape (cover), it together and then it becomes crooked. So why do we do this? I believe, it's because the tearing apart is so painful to go through, that we try to avoid it at all cost. It is also not easy to put our hearts back together again. Like a needle and thread, it is a constant PIERCING and PULLING.
This is why, we need Jesus to heal our hearts from within. Then not only will we be able to sew a.k.a. GIVE love, but we will be able to RECEIVE love, as well.
As I was writing this dream down in my Dream Journal, I also wrote down God's Checklist of Love, that is found in the Bible. It gave me a better understanding of what REAL love is. I then reflected back on some of my past relationships. I realized that many of them were lacking a lot of these qualities, but yet, I still thought it was love?
Interesting, in my dream the Heart and Soul were separated. I believe God was showing me that often times we love with our heart, but not necessarily with our soul. And love must not only come from the heart, but it must also come from deep in one's soul, to be REAL.
He also gave me an alternative expression to use, when describing the difference in the way we use the "word" love...
I love you, with all of my HEART!
I love Him, with all of my HEART and SOUL!
Happy Month of LVE.
Rod Stewart ~ You're in my Heart, You're in my Soul
"You're every love song, ever written" ~Rod Stewart
Are these qualities found in YOU and in the relationships you possess with others... whether it be family, friends, or the one you love?
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love does not envy
Love does not parade itself
Is not puffed up
Does not behave rudely
Does not seek its own
Is not provoked
Thinks no evil
Does not rejoice in iniquity
But rejoices with the truth
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Love NEVER fails.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three...
but the greatest of these IS Love.