John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

If your life story had a title, what would it be? – I’m not quite sure how to title mine yet, but I have an idea for Job’s life story. How about:

“Love under the Microscope”?

Job was put under the Microscope when Satan tested him – with God’s permission that is. God showed Satan and the world that there is such a thing as true love, a love that cannot be bought.  However, Satan didn’t think so. In a meeting with God Satan ridiculed Job and questioned his motives (Job 1:9-11):

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Apparently, the tempter does not believe in true love. In his lab work he stares at this phenomenon day in, day out, and he puts his test objects under tremendous stress hoping to see that in the end love fails.

Thankfully, love does not fail. Love always wins.

And on that note: we know how Job’s story ends. He held on to God for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, which is precisely what we say in our marriage vows – and so the story of love continues to this day proving Satan wrong time and again. – BTW Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

We can say that the love between a man and a woman is a beautiful mystery. How about the love that God has for His creation? People were clearly stunned when they met Jesus. The apostle John remarks in one of his letters (1 John 1:1):

“We saw him (Jesus) with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.”

People were mystified way back then when they ran into Jesus, and it looks like we’re still mystified today. How God loves is just a strange concept to the human mind – who would have thought of turning God into a human being? That’s where faith steps in. Embracing God, we embrace a mystery we don’t need to understand. We just go for it, receive His love and enjoy the ride!

Let the love of God sweep you up, embrace you, heal you, carry you, and reform you – one day at a time – and the world around you will get a taste of the same Jesus who walked this earth 2000 years ago, by seeing Him alive and well inside of you!

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