Monday, February 13, 2012

Love,...Redemption Style

On the Eve of Valentine's Day....the Day of Love.... I thought I would share the rest of my thoughts on love.  If you didn't catch my last post, Love Stories and Fairytales, check it out here!  

So, why are we intrigued with Love stories, movies where the guy gets the girl, and those feel good romantic comedies!..?

I think the answer is...we were created to be in relationship!  It's exciting to watch relationships begin...the pursuit, the wooing, those first butterfly moments.

On a higher level, there is a sacred romance...that our souls crave.

I think we all look for value, for worth, for love...and that desperate seeking can manifest itself many different ways.  One example today that I see is with young girls and how they dress.  These girls are looking to be valued, somehow, someway.  They do get attention, and they may get looks...but their true worth is not in their parts.

One of the most beautiful love stories to me is the story of the woman at the well.  
Talk about pursuing a woman...
She was shunned by her own community, and is surprised that this man is willing to talk with her. (Jews and Samaritans didn't associate)  That didn't keep Jesus from continuing to offer her life.  Jesus knew all about her...her husbands, her struggles, her loneliness, her heart...and He simply offers her living water. (John 4)
  He knew her value...her worth!

The sacred romance that I'm speaking about is that the God of the universe, wants to have a relationship with YOU! and with ME!  

Why, you may ask?  First, because, like the woman at the well...he knows everything about us.  He made us and formed us, after all!  But, He wants us to choose to have a relationship with Him.  

Her response was to worship Him...she ran back to the village to tell others what this Messiah had done for her.  Redemption can have that affect on people.

I'm including a clip here from Les Miserables, the movie.  This scene, I think, so clearly illustrates redemption-
As we think about LOVE, remember those moments when you were pursued by your Savior....when God was wooing you to Himself....

"For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

That is your true value and worth!...you have been redeemed!  

"You are not your own.  You were bought at a price."  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Praise God!  Worship....Live....Rejoice!  You are a new creation!!

With Love,
Janis....a grateful, redeemed soul





8 comments:

  1. Hello Janis,

    I wanted to let you know that you are one of the two winners in my Valentine Giveaway! Congratulations! So, I need a mailing address so I can send you your package.

    You can find my email address on my blog at youcouldmakethat.blogspot.com

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Again, congratulations!
    Nan

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  2. Love this post. So nice to meet a sister in Christ. We are princesses of the King!

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    1. I appreciate you visiting my humble blog! We are indeed!!

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  3. Janis, this is a beautiful post. I spoke at a women's conference on this very topic yesterday. We are so good at wanting to be in relationship with Jesus, or pretending that we're "spiritual giants." I challenged the ladies yesterday to pull back the veil and really step into that truth! I can only imagine what God could do if we were transparent about ourselves and confident in our relationship with Him. Eph. 3:20!

    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Karen!! Relationships are hard! They take effort! I want to deeply grasp my true value and worth...and it has nothing to do with what I do or don't do. Jesus loves me, just as I am!

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  4. Janis, Absolutely wonderful! You have shown th beauty of your heart in this post... If God would redeem us through the death of His Son that makes us valuable.. valuable to the God of the Universe....Women of Worth! Bought for a price... Wonderful sacrificial unconditional Love of God! Blessings!

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    1. Patty, you summed that up very beautifully! Thank you for your lovely thoughts and for taking the time to read my words. Blessings to you!

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  5. Janis, I stumbled upon this post of yours from last February. Such power in the Truth you shared here! After this peek into your heart, I think you'll enjoy the one I just shared at My Place to Yours. May the rest of your weekend be blessed!

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