Love is the banner which flies over the Kingdom of God. John the Beloved said in the first of his letters, “God is love”.
In the words of the urban dictionary, ‘love’ is spectacular, indescribable, and deeply euphoric.
Following this word trail…I do so love the power of words… euphoric is found to be “characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness. Synonyms being “elated, exhilarated, happy, joyful, joyous, delighted, gleeful, excited, animated, jubilant, exultant, ecstatic, blissful, rapturous, enraptured, rhapsodic, in rhapsodies” and God has excited all of these emotions in me over the thirty five years of our betrothal. Yet I have memories of the days before that. Days when my Lord was wooing me. Days of drive-through experiences of perfection and longing. One such day in 1975 or thereabouts, John and I were driving from Elanora Heights to Newport, both suburbs on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. The sky was glowing aqua and merged with the ocean, I was in a bubble, suspended. My window was open; the wind was sweet, the air was tingling with anticipation, the trees were shimmying and it seemed like the whole, wide world was an explosion of joy ….perfection. Thirty nine years later and writing this, I remember other such times, glimpses into what I now recognise as the glory and wonder and delights of our God. He showed me in those moments that what I longed for was all around me, if I could see it aright. We are exploring meanings here, and to see something ‘aright’ means to see it correctly or properly.
John the Beloved also said ‘God so loved the world that He gave’ what was beyond price so He could gain you. His love for you is spectacular, indescribable and deeply euphoric. His love is all around you, it holds you as He speaks to you. “Here I am, enjoy My love”
This is the banner under which we live, the principle that permeates God’s kingdom. “He brought me into His banqueting house and His banner over me is love” Song of Solomon 2:4
How blessed are we……