As I helplessly wander toward the purple haze, I'm drawn deeper by the constant hum. Like a siren pulling me closer to my own shipwreck, I am but an insect mesmerized by the throbbing night light. My heart knows there is nothing here but fleeting lust, temporary satisfaction and a flood of guilt and shame waiting to wash over me. And yet, I choose to proceed. I consciously decide to give myself over to my hearts yearnings, knowing, just like the last time, it will only bring destruction. These sins are never satisfied.
Proverbs 27:20 "Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes."
Strip clubs, pornography, one night stands - these are cheap artificial imitations of love. Even the love between my wife and I is but a shadow of the standard Jesus set for love. Unfortunately, in our culture, love is an incredibly diverse word. I love my wife. I love my grandma, I love my puppy dog, I love my house, I love pizza, I love chocolate, I love that new song on the radio, and I love that color. Satan has diminished the value of love in our culture simply by exploiting its versatility. It no longer carries the weight of the union between Adam, Eve and their Abba Father. Love was never meant to be pulled to such a low standard. But, like all great love stories, there is hope and there is redemption.
The truest act of Love is a perfectly righteous God leaving a perfect heaven, coming down in human form to a broken and sinful world, knowing all along He would die on a cross by the hands of those He loved, so that He could save them. This is love, Off the chart, immeasurable, God size love.
Romans 5:6-8 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
While we can never come close to this level of love, we are called to imitate this selflessness in all of our relationships. And where we fail, there is grace that bridges that unattainable gap and allow us to do what we were made to do, love like Jesus.