Views form the Pews: What kind of love are you pursuing?

Dr Alex Appiah, Living Springs Church in Market Weighton
Dr Alex Appiah, Living Springs Church in Market Weighton

Are all men really equal? Are we all judged by 
the same rule and standards in society?

Love is the subject most talked, written and sung about in the world. We’ve all grown up with many iconic love songs like “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles and “I will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

Everyone is looking for love in so many different ways. The question is what kind of love are you pursuing?

From time immemorial the subject of love has always fascinated humankind. Many Hollywood blockbuster movies such as ‘Casablanca’, ‘Bridget Jones Diary’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘The Graduate’, ‘Going the Distance’ etc.have been made from great and inspiring love stories.

However, there is one story that tops them all. The greatest love story ever told regards sacrifice, hope, unconditional, selfless love and a willingness to pay the ultimate price for love – death! By a lover for the beloved. Simply put, in this story the beloved does not deserve to be loved at all.

In almost every love relationship, the partners (the lover and the beloved) are attracted to each other based on something they give to other.

Contrarily, in the greatest love story, the beloved is incredibly from a lowly background, extremely self-centred, promiscuous, messed up and estranged from her lover. It is therefore highly surprising and almost unbelievable that a person from a noble background with power and wealth would go after her.

Any thinking commentator on this love story, would be puzzled by this somewhat bizarre and unexplained love relationship – nobility willing to condescend so low and love a ‘tramp’, pay for all the debts and charges imposed on the messed up lover, who honestly deserves every bit of her punishment.

In fact, the story defies all human logic and understanding.

One could rightly ask: 
Are there not enough ‘high society and posh women’ around for this nobleman to choose a beloved from?

What was so attractive about this ‘tramp’? Yes, you’re right to ask this 
question.

Probably, if you and I were the judges we might simply conclude: why bother?

Exactly, these were the same questions running through my mind, when I was told this love story. “She didn’t deserve to be loved! Leave her to wallow in her own mess!” I concluded.

When the characters in this love story were revealed to me – the messed up beloved being us and the noble lover being God, I regretted my views about this messed up tramp. I soon realised how gracious God is towards us all.

I was filled with tremendous gratitude for the fact that someone could love me so unconditionally.

The most natural thing to do in response to such amazing love was to give my life to Christ and promise to follow Him.

The Bible says: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

This is what Easter is all about – “Love Revealed”. God loves us so much that He came to live amongst us in the person of Jesus Christ and willingly died a painful death on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sins.

This is the greatest love story ever told. We can now receive unconditional love through Jesus Christ. I hope you find true love in Him.

If you would like to discuss this issue of love, you’re warmly invited to visit our friendly church service on Sundays 10.30am at The Life Centre in Market Weighton YO43 3AH.

I wish you the love Christ during this Easter time.