We all want to be loved. Right? God is love and He pursues us with a passion that is fierce and crazy. Yet, some of us run from him. Some of us grab on to other loves that fill us up emotionally or physically, and we just ignore God all together. Or, we get so wrapped up in each other that we don't see God at all. We just see issues, problems, stuff, and we begin to wonder where God is, then life is full of questions only. Doubt creeps in and overules our thoughts of faith, and that dampens our sense of love.
Without love, there is no freedom.
Some may have eloquence, but if there is no love it sounds like a rusty creaky gate or if one speaks God's Word with power but without love, there is nothing. I could give all I have to the poor and still not love them, it's meaningless.
"Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, doesn't have a swelled head, doesn't force itself on others, isn't always 'me first' doesn't fly off the handle, doesn't keep score of the sins of others, doesn't revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts uo with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end." ! Corinthinans 13:4-7
That's a tall order! God has NOT given up on you or me. He has forgiven us for the times we have given up. He cares so much for us that he gave his life, and he continues to forgive us when we are selfish with our life. God doesn't push his way through, he is a Gentleman. He gently reminds us with his soft voice that we are not the center of the universe! God is truth, he sees us at our best and he looks for the best. He isn't looking back at what any of us have done, but keeping an eye on what he knows we will do in love!