I am going to go out on a limb here, but I think that the deepest and most basic need we have is to love and be loved. We have been created in the image of God…who IS love, so that has to be part of who we are and what we are about. That relationship is at the core of our purpose in life.
So, assuming that is true, then why are there so many people on this planet that are loveless? Why are there so many people that have no clue what love is, or even who God is?
Well, this is a controversial subject, but I think the answer is clear if you believe there is a God, and if you believe there is a Devil. For every good thing that is created, the Devil has a counterfeit. Think about it:
- God gives life, the Devil gave us death.
- God gives love, the Devil gives hate.
- God gives grace, the Devil gives condemnation.
- God gives light, the Devil gives darkness.
- God gives mercy, the Devil gives judgment.
- God gives forgiveness, the Devil gives revenge.
- God gave us sex to enjoy and procreate within the bounds of marriage, the Devil gives us lust and perversion with no boundaries.
The list goes on and on.
Here is the basic problem as I see it. If someone does not know God, then they cannot really know what love is about. I realize that there may come to mind people that you know that are “good people,” folks that give freely to others and care for their families. That is not knowing God. There is a big difference in knowing about God, and having a relationship with God as your Father.
The Devil and his demons know about God, but there is no relationship. They hate God and everything He stands for. So there is the chasm that everyone must cross at some point. Do you accept the love of God and take Him at His word? Do you believe in Jesus, His Son? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you? That may sound like mumbo jumbo to you if you have never asked Jesus into your heart, but He is real. His love is real. He wants you to know Him intimately, like any loving Father would want to relate to his children.
The question then is, do you want to know love? Love is there for anyone who wants it, 24/7. If you have been looking for love in all the wrong places (as the country tune says), then look up. God is not mad at you. He is patiently waiting on you. He loves you. Get to know Him, and you will experience what it means to be loved and to give love unconditionally. That is a need only God can fulfill. My hope and prayer is that you find what you have been searching for.