The greatest love
”I’d catch a grenade for ya
Throw my hand on a blade for ya
I’d jump in front of a train for ya
You know I’d do anything for ya
I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for you, baby
But you won’t do the same”
These lyrics in the Bruno Mars hit song Grenade seem pretty full on in terms of demonstrating love – catching grenades and taking bullets in the brain don’t usually end well for the person doing the grenade catching / bullet taking.
I guess it’s an expression of the extreme love being expressed, but I wonder is this something we can ever experience in this world?
Love in our human relationships often comes with conditions / limits and changes with our mood/feelings. Robbie Williams back in the day expressed a longing to “Feel real love”, and I guess this resonates deep at the heart of our human make-up. We are created in the image of a relational God, we long to belong, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him. Sin has broken the relationships we experience in this world, even the most perfect relationship will have it’s moments of hurt and pain and broken-ness.
The greatest love story ever revealed is a loving father God giving His only son Jesus to restore the broken-ness caused by sin, and rescue his fallen children at Calvary.
John 3:16 are probably the best known verses in the bible that tell of this great love story.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
And later in the same gospel these words are recorded “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13).
So there you have it, some musings on the greatest love of all this valentines day – will you accept or reject the Fathers Love freely offered?