God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.
Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.
– Jonathan Edwards
“God would have to transform my heart to do what a heart cannot make itself do, namely, want what it ought to want. Only God can make the depraved heart desire God.”
– John Piper (When I Don’t Desire God)
We are all wretched hearts
Guilty of greed
Slaves to shortsightedness.
It takes God to love God.
We think we know love, then devote all of ourselves to the pursuit of that which is only a fallable, human construct. When that idea fails, we cast a shadow on what pure, unperverted love is – Christ Himself. We chase fables and fairytales, and when that story does not write itself as we expect, we stop expecting good. Our bruises become love’s new definition – a pursuit that brings only pain and injury. If we want to experience love, we must first recognise that we don’t know what it is. We can only know love if we know the name of love – God Himself.
If you pursue your idea of love, you limit yourself to only what you understand and what you’ve experienced. But if you pursue Christ (Love), you set yourself on a journey, recognising that there are waters you’ve yet to touch. Only in the pursuit of God can love grow.
The question is not “What is love?”; the question is “Who is Love?”