3.30.2013

i know what love is.

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so here's the thing about love. people think it's this terrifying enigma. they think it's so complicated and can only be attained when they are truly in love with their significant other. unfortunately, they've thought love so philosophical and complex in meaning that they've dismissed the possibility that it could be right in front of them. i've always figured it had to be simpler than what people were making it out to be.

the Lord reminded me of john 3:16. "for God so loved the world that He gave..." and it hit me. love is giving of yourself. love is putting away all your wants and supporting the person you've decided to spend the rest of your life with. it is, to quote robert downey jr., laying down on a wire and letting the other guy crawl over you. it all sounds hopelessly grim at the moment, but please, here me out. "for God so loved the world that He gave His only son..." God sacrificed His son so that He wouldn't have to sacrifice us again. so we wouldn't have to live for nothing. He gave us the option to give ourselves over to Him so that we may live forever in His goodness. He sacrificed his joy, his peerless flower, so we ourselves could become peerless. He gave to us so that we would break down the wall of existing and start living. love is not simply a feeling. it is an action. it is a state of being. and as a matter of fact, this doesn't only apply to the romantics. it's for siblings, for friends, for anyone, really. if we just open our eyes and accept it. 

and it's nice to be loved. to be safe. i've got family who loves me. i've got friends who love me (more on that later). i'm so blessed to serve a God who only wants the best for me. so on this resurrection sunday (where everything seems to come to life; funny how that works: spring and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ), let your love come alive. and stately be in it. 

be in Him. 
-kiss kiss kiss, to love another-
{pea ess: 1 john 4:8 - God is love.}

12 comments :

  1. Yes jocee this is so good, really. Thanks for writing and sharing this. Happy Easter!
    Ps that photo is gorg.
    xoxo

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  2. one word: AMEN.
    you fully described this Jocee. God is love. not only does He love us with such passionate and devoted affection, He IS love. i can't even comprehend it. :)

    have a wonderful Resurrection day, Jocee.

    ::hugs::
    mikailah xxx

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  3. This was so beautiful Joc!!! :) Love is a verb.

    Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!

    Love,
    manda
    http://meandjesus-amanda.blogspot.com

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  4. that photo is amazing and as usual your writing is incredible. it's such a wonderful way of looking at love... thank you so much for sharing:)

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  5. this is just what i needed. thank you.

    happy easter sunday!

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  6. AMEN, jocee. beautiful words, and they ring so true. happy easter!

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  7. YES and YES and YES to the power of 843,894,048,575.

    xx

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  8. this is beautiful. Happy Resurrection Sunday!! :)

    -Carli

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  9. *sniffle* Am I allowed to cry? *applause* That was beautiful. And I love that photo. Flowers are beautiful. i don't think i can ever stop using that word.

    {completely unrelated: i finished tfios today. thought you ought to know. beautiful. ;)

    Love,
    ~Jenny

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  10. THAT PHOTO MAKES ME HAPPY. I love pink flowers. :)

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sometimes i do not understand why you guys like me so much, but the fact that you do (and that you keep coming around) makes me happier than you can even imagine.

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