What is "perfect love"? Simple! Loving and giving love without conditions! That is God's love, pure and true. God loves us even when we are in rebellion against Him! His Holy Spirit moves, drawing us to desire to be in a relationship with Him even while we spit in His face! THAT is LOVE!
My story of God's perfect love happened in a stairwell when I was about 20 years old. I was living with my boyfriend. I had been raised in church, had accepted Christ as a child, and left Him when I left home for college in Louisville. I was working in Nashville. Yes, those two cities are far apart! I had wondered far from God's will and plan! Anyway, I recognized the Voice. That still, non-accusing Voice ... "Come home" "I'm here" "This isn't what I planned for you" "Vivian, I love you!"
One day, The Spirit was more than I could bare! I think I knew the "man" I was living with didn't really love me. I also think that there was a part of me who knew he'd never fill the desire of perfect love that I was so long to experience. I was lost! I was broken searching for something I didn't understand because I had never really experienced "perfect love". I went into one of the rarely used stairwells and cried. I cried out to Jesus and He heard my heart's scream!
The road has been rough and long. When I look back, my only regret is I didn't have a stairwell moment sooner! I can see how God was working in my favor to bring me to the stairwell moment. I can also see where I would have had a stairwell moment sooner BUT it was my own stubborn choices that dodged Him. He didn't give up!
Have I always obeyed Him since that moment? No. He had to teach me and train me He IS TRUSTWORTHY! There are things I'm ashamed of doing BUT those are ALL covered by His perfect love and He will NOT hold them against me! Thank You, Jesus!
(Blog for the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study blog hop)