The phrase “Don’t get it twisted, Love is a beautiful thing!” from D’Banj, “fall in love” song is the only lyrics I know from that song! One of the most played songs on African radio stations in 2009-2011, winning a channel O award and nominated for other awards. As the song starts, right on the beat, D’ Banj looks right into the camera, in his black, oversized sunglasses, and utters the words “Don’t get it twisted, love is a beautiful thing,” and from those words, flow the rest of the love-filled lyrics!
Love is a beautiful thing, but we get it twisted all the time. We live in times where love has become a casual word, used right and left without substance, causing so much emotional, physical, and even spiritual harm at its worst. A simple word, four letters, with a tremendous impact on how we see life, ourselves, interact with others, and our faith. At its best, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 7 NIV
A few days ago, a friend, filled with tears in his eyes, holding a cup of hot chocolate and holding back tears, defined love as a sacrifice! It was so profound how he explained it that I could not entirely put words to pen to explain how his story impacted me. But think of a time someone sacrificed something for you, their time, energy, and resources. How did that make you feel? People who have made sacrifices in our lives leave an imprint in our life that we remember for the rest of our lives. As Christians, John 3:16 is one such great act of sacrifice, an act of love, that our father in heaven loved us so much to have His son die on the cross for us, for our sins. A sacrifice that has been remembered throughout generations. It’s one of the simple verses in the Bible, yet so profound!
Jesus Intentionally loved His disciples and those He met the way God the Father loved Him. He taught, protected, guided, and sacrificially served them. His love was remarkable to those who had an encounter with Him! As He loved them, He cared that His disciples loved one another! Standing amid the disciples, I can imagine looking at them with the father’s eyes and the words “Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Touching their hearts and their souls. Jesus loved them! So deeply!
In the same manner, Jesus loves each one of you! This valentine, many people are going to post pictures of the people they love on social media, stories are going to be shared about how people love. Sermons will be preached about getting into healthy relationships, among other great things! but my hope is that each one of us will feel loved with eternal love! A love that changes EVERYTHING. The beautiful love! filled with goodness! A love that chases after you no matter what you are going through or who you are! Imagine this, the God who created the heavens, the universe, loves you, cares about who you are, and wants to be part of your life. Therefore brethren, don’t get it twisted, Love is a beautiful thing! Walk-in this love because it will give you confidence that you will see the goodness of the Lord. It will provide you with peace, knowing that even though you walk through the shadows of death, He will be with you and comfort you!
Happy Valentine’s, Friends!