So this week, at least at Heritage Park, is the 4th week of Advent which is the week we focus on Love. As I said in an earlier post, I'm not sure we do it in the order everyone else does, but it makes sense to us and so we stick with it.
Here is an insight I'm working on for Sunday. There appears to be a pretty consistent cycle in my life and in the lives of many I know. The two-pieces of the cycle are (1) whatever I think a person is after determines my perception of the kind of love that person has for me and (2) whatever kind of love a person has for me determines what I think that person is pursuing.
You easily see #2 on reality TV. Which bachelor or bachelorette has taken the kind one over the hot one? And to my knowledge, only one of those couples is still together. And #1? Look at any relationship (good or bad) between a teenager and parent. If teens succeed in keeping in mind that parents want the best for them, their sense of love and acceptance makes them pick up the phone and call when they run the new car into the pole at the gas station. If teens think parents want me not to be a screw up and embarrassment, they hide and hide everything: blemishes, grades, sexual struggles, hurtful conversations, etc.
And here's the beautiful thing about God's love - He demonstrates it and it reveals what He's after. His love shows up in the death and resurrection of His Son. It's free, unconditional, unique and transformational. And it shows that He's after the hearts of men and women everywhere, capturing their allegiance and affection.
Can't wait for Sunday to preach this.