First Love

First Love

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Ah…that first love. Maybe you had one. Maybe you’re still waiting… Maybe you married your first love and have spent 50 wedded years together. With Valentine’s Day still floating in the air, it’s easy to get caught up in romantic notions of love. The thrill of being noticed, being adored, being sought out by another…it can be so flattering. But is that really love?

The first boy to whom I ever said “I love you” responded in turn to me, “How do you know what love is?” I was so hurt. But perhaps he was more mature than I in his 17 year old way. He knew he wasn’t ready to say he loved me. He wasn’t going to commit in words to something so strong and permanent. Looking back, I appreciate his honesty.

We all know better, don’t we? True love is not about how flattered we feel or how adored we are. True love is what a mother shows her child day after day, night after night, when she sits up rocking him, keeping a cold wash cloth on his fevered brow. True love is what a man shows his wife as he holds her hand during the 3rd round of chemo, telling her he’ll stay right by her side…no matter what. True love gives. True love suffers. True love is only seen because God has shown it first. Few of us realize this when we desire to love and be loved by someone. We don’t see what it will require of us.

For some, Valentine’s Day is a sad occasion. It represents a love that never was or never will be again. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Each of us is loved with a love we cannot even comprehend. Higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than death is this love. The love of Christ is the love that knows no bounds. Death cannot separate us from this love…in fact death unites us to Him. Poverty, sickness, slander, loss of any and every kind are actually used to bring us closer to him…not further. This is love unbreakable. Nothing can touch it. Our best human relationships can still only shadow it.

Take heart, friends. You are loved with an everlasting, life-laying down, death-defying kind of love. It is yours for the asking. Christ, the First Love of all loves, waits for us.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. I John 4:10

Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always "Enough" for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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