Analytical by nature, I’m constantly attempting to put puzzle pieces together – yes, even when I don’t have all the pieces! God was so good to reveal a bigger part of His picture this week. His covenant relationship with me. A bond He longs for me to fully embrace.
Enter the Love Dare – yes, perhaps an unconventional approach to developing a stronger relationship with God, but when I step back and consider the pieces…the conventional use of the Love Dare is between a couple – husband and wife – it’s goal to strengthen the covenant bond of marriage. God is simply using the Love Dare as a tool for me – taking the concept of a relationship between man and woman a step further – with Him – to strengthen my understanding of His covenant relationship with me.
The focus of each Love Dare is basically how love impacts every facet of our lives – and how different life and relationships can be when viewed through eyes of love – through the eyes of God.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
This verse is not speaking of the world’s definition of love – it speaks of God’s definition of love – two very different meanings! For me, to know love is to know God – to know God is to know His Word.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Cor 13:4-7
And so, the Love Dare touches on these attributes of God and how they are revealed in our lives. I know I’m only scratching the surface – I know have so much to learn! And that’s what this process is all about – learning more about Him – one devoted day at a time.