Posts Tagged ‘romance’

Is God Romantic?

March 2nd, 2011 1 comment

You might be thinking, “Well, I know God is love, but is He romantic?”

Good question.

We can love our neighbors or even our enemies and not feel romantic towards them. We “love” our cat and we “love” kumquats but we probably won’t send either a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day.

Is God romantic towards us?

Does God have emotions or is He the cold, rationalistic, Unmoved Mover of the ancient philosophers?

A great way to understand God’s heart towards us is to examine the language He uses when He is talking to us. If He referred to us as His colleagues, we could assume He sees us as business partners. If He called us comrades, we might see Him as a Communist dictator. You get the point.

Is it not amazing that God sees His Church, His covenant people, as a BRIDE? God uses the marriage, the most intimate human institution, to help us capture the passion He has for His people.

This is why idolatry, the worshipping of counterfeit and competing gods, is viewed by God as spiritual adultery! Consider this powerful passage from the prophet Isaiah:

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”
or “The Desolate Land.”
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”
and “The Bride of God,”
for the LORD delights in you
and will claim you as his bride.
5 Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
(Isaiah 62:4-5, NLT)

You see, God is not dispassionate. His heart is fully ALIVE and passionate for His glory. We, as His Bride, are part of that glory. His love for us is fiery and intense. This is why God employs some of the best know and deepest analogies – the images of betrothal, marriage & romance – to express and demonstrate His great love for His people.

To properly understand human romance, we must once again follow the tiny streams, to the rushing rivers back to the pure fountainhead and source – the heart of God.

We need to differentiate between the raw, raunchy and rude version of romance we see displayed in Hollywood movies and the pure, powerful, passionate romance rooted in covenant love. How the world needs to see this type of romance displayed our relationship with Jesus and in our marriage relationships.

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Holy Blushes

February 23rd, 2011 3 comments

Blushes aren’t all bad!

Sure, we all have our Rolodex filled with the memories of our most embarrassing moments! We remember when we wet our pants in elementary school, or when we were caught “red handed” in something we shouldn’t be doing. These all fall in the category of “bad blushes.”

But there’s a corresponding column for all the right kind of blushes. Let me explain.

I have been blessed with four beautiful daughters. I still enjoy the home fashion shows. You know the scene. After shopping all afternoon, they burst through the front door with bags bulging with great treasures. Then comes the inspiring speech, much like the President’s State of the Union Address, where I hear the good news of all the money they have saved me!

Next comes from favorite part – the fashion show.

“Dad,’ they ask coyly, ‘Do you like it?” Inside their precious, little princess minds, they are looking for Prince Charming (that would be me for the time being) to affirm the deep desire of their holy, little hearts. They want to hear something every person longs to hear. They want to know…

Am I beautiful?

Am I lovely?

Am I desirable?

You see, I know what’s going on behind the fashion show. My little princess needs to be affirmed by her admiring Daddy. “You look gorgeous!” I gush. “I love it! You make that dress look soooo beautiful!”

I can always tell if I do my job with excellence. I look at the blush on their faces. It’s a blush that says…

I am loved

I am cherished

I am adored

These are the good blushes of life. We all need them. Make someone you love blush today with the joy of knowing how much they are loved!

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The Divine Romancer

February 18th, 2011 1 comment

We just experienced the great American phenomenon called Valentine’s Day, where love and romance are both encouraged and even enshrined. In fact, we now spend an estimated 16 billion dollars buying cards, candy, roses and other romantic “stuff” to let our sweethearts know how much we cherish them.

Unfortunately, the love and romance we all long to experience has become twisted. Romance is often synonymous with that which is nude, lewd and crude. The question remains, “Why do we have longings to be loved, cherished and romanced?” Where do these desires find their source and fulfillment?

C.S. Lewis once observed, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

In other words, we long for intimacy because we were made in the image of God, Who exists in perfect intimacy (i.e. the Trinity).

We enjoy the thrill of romance because we long to be loved and cherished by someone just for who we are.

These longings in our hearts are sign posts directing us to the Divine Romancer, God Himself. Your heart was made for Him. Only he can satisfy the deepest yearnings of your heart. Every romance has a “beloved.”

The Lord is asking, “Will you be mine?”

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