Society tells a story of what love should be. It is often portrayed sensualized and packaged up tied not so neatly with a bow in Hollywood box office smashes.
We search for love portrayed on the big screen, but often walk away disappointed when we can’t find the perfect fairy tale endings as in the last three minutes of every Hallmark movie.
Yes, we look for love in all the wrong places. While we are at it, we also look for acceptance, trust, or just someone who will show us our worth.
But here is the reality, humans will fail you and hypocrites abound.
But there is one who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18.24) and His name is Jesus.
He is all we need and the answer to our search for love, acceptance, and the trust we are desiring.
I love the end of that old song “Looking for love in all the wrong places” where the love has been found and the lyrics slightly changed to reflect the answers to the singer’s dream of looking for love especially the line that says: “God bless the day I discovered you” rather than the previous: “I will bless the day I discover another heart looking for love.”
And here’s the thing, once we truly find the only love in life that matters (God’s of course) we must know what to do. The answer is found in the pages in one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament in Micah’s writings.
Micah was a contemporary to the prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea. He lived about 700 years before Christ and prophesied that He would be born in Bethlehem which is stated many centuries later in the gospel writings of Matthew.
Anyway, not sure you appreciate that backstory. But, our love story must be tied to the greatest love story ever told which is the Messiah come to earth as a baby to grow up to redeem us from our own sinfulness. The free gift of salvation paid for by the blood of Christ on the cross should make us desire to please Him with our whole heart and soul.
I believe following Micah’s words will bring peace and love and harmony into our lives if we whole heartedly follow them…
“Now, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NLT
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