The first book of Corinthians, chapter 13 from the Bible speaks about love like this:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
This is the love I encountered when I met my husband, Scott. It is an abnormal kind of love I had never seen or experience. But, it is the kind of love my heart has been longing and hoping to receive.
Is this love for real? I have a hard time believing it because I feel unworthy and undeserving of such a selfless love.
“How can you love me when you know about my past?” I ask over and over. I can’t understand it. “You deserve someone better than me. No normal guy would have me.” I tell him again. And again. And again. But his answer remains consistent and definite.
“God forgives you and he loves you. He does not see your past sins because he made you a new person when you put your faith in his Son, Jesus. Besides, I am not normal! I love you because you are not the same woman from the past. God made you into a new woman for me.”
The more I push him away, the more Scott shows me an abnormal kind of love. He is patient and kind, reminding me I am deserving of love. He isn’t jealous about the men in my past because he believes God gave me a second chance at sexual purity. He doesn’t boast about his faith, but tells me God will grow my faith too. I recount all my sins to deter him from loving me, while he keeps no record of them and continues to love me with an abnormal kind of love.
Scott doesn’t give up waiting for me. He isn’t irritable with my insecurities and doesn’t demand my trust. His faith is unwavering. He remains hopeful and endures through every obstacle in our first few years together. His persistent, consistent and abnormal kind of love pursues me until I believe I am worthy of such love.
You must know it isn’t my husband’s love that won me in the end. It is God’s love. Because of his faith in Jesus, Scott carried God’s love in his heart. God used this love to mend my heart. I call it an abnormal kind of love because it is unlike any love another human being can give, without having and experiencing it themselves. It is a selfless and sacrificial love that has the power to change a life forever.
Friends, God offers this abnormal kind of love to you regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done. When you place your faith in his Son, Jesus, God makes you brand new. I don’t know how he does it. But I know it’s true because he did it for me. His love relentlessly pursues me until I stop feeling worthless and undeserving. And believe I am worthy of being loved.
Jesus is relentlessly pursuing you my friend! He wants you to have his abnormal kind of love because he knows it will change your life forever. What are you waiting for?
Come to Jesus. And accept the abnormal kind of love your heart has been yearning. Jesus is waiting.