Once Upon a Time

When I was a child, I loved stories regarding princes, princesses, heroes and villains facing off in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.

I wanted to be a princess, a queen even, and have a kingdom all to myself. It seemed like a fantastic idea to have people – my people – look up to me and follow me on adventures and quests to “save the day”.

The idea of magic fascinated me, and according to Disney and other sources, true love was the most powerful magic of all.

I dreamed of the day I’d find my “true love”, not realizing what love really meant in the first place.

In the movies, they seem to portray love as some kind of whimsical “feeling” that helps people overcome obstacles and win in the end.

But what is love, truly? And why, in the Bible even, is it stressed as the greatest moral principle of them all? (Matthew 22:36-40)

The apostle Paul went so far to say we can be nothing and achieve nothing for God without love (1 Corinthians 13). Even if we were knowledgeable in the Word, have impossible faith, live a life of generosity and suffer hardships on behalf of others to the point of death, life is still missing a crucial element.

Love is not mystical, nor is it out of reach.

True love is real, though difficult to live out. And this genuine and unconditional love is assessable by living in God’s love and sharing it with others.

Jesus said that love would be the factor that distinguished his disciples from the rest of the world. Not judgement or condemnation or self-righteous or passionate… But love (John 13:35).

For a better description of love, let’s look at the famous “love chapter”, which sometimes, if you’ve grown up in the Bible belt like I have, are easy to look over as the passage may be familiar, but let’s not overlook the wisdom within it.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)

Unconditional love is patient and kind. Now, those two are hard. You caught me at “patient” … the girl who always feels in a rush and despises long lines and red lights!

As we read through, every description seems to be more and more impossible within our humanity.

But, with God, all things are possible.

Let me share another passage of Scripture with you:

“Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (John 4:7-12 NIV)

God’s love is made complete in us.

How?

Because we are the living proof of his redemptive story and plan. When we live our lives surrendered to him and loving others, we bring glory to our Father and King as more come to know and love him in return.

When we were children, we loved stories of true love and the good guys beating the bad guys.

Now, we know a greater story – how love came down to earth, sacrificed himself, had the ultimate victory over death itself, and offered freedom and life to the entire world.

For God so loved the world that he sent his only son… that whoever believes in him (Jesus), will not be lost to death, but share in eternal life (John 3:16).

And if we look at the Bible closely, it’s one massive love letter to us. From Genesis to Revelation, God is present and offers redemption and hope to all who believe. For those who do, we are given the right to be called his children (1 John 3:1).

If God is King, and those who believe are his children, that means we are all princes and princesses and there is a kingdom for us.

Come home to it today.

If you are already home, then take courage and truly love those around you like Jesus.

In love and truth,
Melody

Copyright © 2020 by Melody Turner. All rights reserved. Written exclusively for MXTV (https://mxtv.org/once-upon-a-time/No part of this article may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from MXTV.

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