What does love look like?

So after a quick lunch-stop in Bakewell, today took me for some serious catch-up time with some incredible people in Derby.

Which was just awesome.

Because it was truly great to drink tea and catch up and reminisce and laugh oh-so-loudly, but it was also amazing to have time to talk about what God has been and is doing in our lives.

So, so amazing.

Jess and Michael are two people who are so precious to me in so many ways. Who they are is precious to me. Their testimonies are precious to me. Their witness is precious to me. Their friendship… Well that is precious too! 🙂 Their ministry with young people is inspiring, because it is fuelled by the deepest passion to genuinely love others out of the overflow of the love of God. So they love, and love and keeping loving. And they take this love outside of the walls of the church building and into the places that are broken and to the people that I really think Jesus would have hung out with. They take risks and I am so proud of their boldness.

It's so great to talk to other people that just love youth work with everything they are! 😉 (It was, I admit, also great to eat the biggest burrito I have ever seen in my life!!)

And so I was just praying for these guys and other friends on my drive back to Sheffield, and I was using a Misty Edwards song to really sing over these situations and people and ministries. Because it's Jesus and His love that brings the Truth and the hope and the reality.

So be encouraged tonight. Because this is our hope and the reason for it all!

 

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering

“What does love look like?”

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking of You

I once believed that love was romance, just a chance

I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful

I once believed that love was a momentary bliss

But love is more than this

All You ever wanted was my attention

All You ever wanted was love from me

All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at Your feet

Then tell me

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering

“What does love look like?”

Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused

If all of life comes down to love

Then love has to be more than sentiment

More than selfishness and selfish gain

And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me

I could not escape those beautiful eyes

And I began to weep and weep

He had arms wide open, a heart exposed

Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding

Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me

Looking at Him, hanging on a tree

I began to weep and weep and weep and weep

This is how I know what love is, this is how I know what love is

And as I sat there weeping, crying

Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love

He said to me:

“You shall love Me, You shall love Me

You shall love Me, You shall love Me”

With arms wide open, a heart exposed

With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding

If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places

If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me

Take up your cross, deny yourself

Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me

You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness

You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so follow Me

And You’ll come alive when you learn to die

 

 

 

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