Looking for love in all the wrong places. Remember that song popular a few years back? The lyrics resonated with millions because they probably did that very thing.
The other day, I looked in hubby's direction, fist planted on my hip. "You mean you wouldn't get up in the middle of the night and, knowing that noise scared me, you wouldn't
take care of it?"
"Well," he paused, "I might have maybe when we first got married. But After 41 years of marriage, I don't
I tried to give him a hateful look. But he didn't give me a chance because he gave me a quick kiss on my cheek.
"Only kidding," he said.
Ha! Maybe not. The truth is that through our marriage, our love has changed. It resembled the seasons of the year. Some years saw the freshness of spring as we began a family---joy blended with the exciting stage of parenthood. The summer brought the warmth of affection, particularly when things went well. And even coldness in the winters when we both needed to grow, mature and learn.
Yes, hubby and I have experienced all levels of love, all forms, and in various intensities.
Our love changed because we're only creatures in the learning mode of life. Not so with Jesus. He loved us even before we could be called His children. He loved us enough to die for us. His love didn't diminish when we shrugged at His instructions and went our own way. And His love remained constant even when fear threatened to consume us. Could we say Jesus is the only true love, ready to defend us when noises of adversity scare us?
We can count on the fact that His love never changes, never wavers, and, joy of joys---never, ever will it leave us.
And if that weren't enough, that true love carries the promise that we'll be filled with the fullness of God. So
"...you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the
Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge---that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19
Father, I praise you because I no longer have to keep looking. Your love is mine. And for me, that's enough. In Jesus' name, amen.
What kind of love fills your life today?
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