Suzy was the epitome of a girl in love, for the very first time! She was captivated with Todd and when she saw him, her heart would skip a beat! Todd had felt the same way and he was often at a loss of words, when Suzy was in the room with him.
In love they talked about the future, marriage and even children. Suzy was just waiting for Todd to propose to her! However, every time Todd wanted to propose, his hands would begin to sweat, his throat would grow dry and the words he had practiced, he could not recall. He finally realized he would have to propose another way.
One night after dinner, while they were walking in the evening moonlight, Todd drew a teddy bear out of his suit coat and gave it to Suzy.
In unbelief and then anger, Suzy threw the dumb bear into the roadway. Todd knew she wanted a ring, why did he give her this dumb stuffed animal! When Todd, quickly rushed to pick it up, sadly he was hit by a car and died that night.
At Todd's funeral, the girl picked up the bear and hugged it tightly to her heart. Suddenly it spoke: "I love you, Suzy. Will you marry me?" Shocked, she looked more closely at the bear, and found an engagement ring inside of it.
There is so much that can be said, and so much that can be learned from Love. True Love goes beyond the limits, that we as humans seem to set for it.
We are often very busy doing things for God, yet, we must ask ourselves, "Is it because it comes directly from our love?" or "Is it out of duty or because we think it was useful?" God went beyond all of our human limits, when He sent His only son to die on the cross for us.
Today, the world uses the word love to often and to easily. Love requires soul searching and giving beyond our limits.
Real love goes beyond religion. Without love, doctrinal wisdom, theology, and service of any kind is worthless.
The Bible says it best: 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 Amplified Version
3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing. 4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Real love will challenge us to go further... Real love often requires us to yield and surrender... Real love is easy for us to recognize... Real love will never give up or stop trying!... Real love looks like Jesus' life... Real love is the greatest gift we can give and the greatest gift we can receive... Real love is mature complete and mellow... Real love begs patience... Real love is God, because God is Love.
Don't hesitate, don't complicate, don't imitate 'real love!'