This is dedicated to husbands and wives, as well as to upcoming newlyweds. May these devotionals draw you closer to each other as well to the Lover of your soul.
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” (Matt 24:12, NIV2)
Bosses tyrannizing employees, friends betraying secrets, a world where no one has time to help one another, not even to visit their elderly parents, news that is generally geared towards the morbid . . . Is it any wonder that love turns cold? Even in our own homes?
It’s true that infidelity has existed for centuries, an indication that, barrimg a miracle, can never be considered trustworthy. Nonetheless, love is becoming colder and colder as history progresses. One day we are deeply in love, the next day we find ourselves hating one another, becoming strangers in the same home.
The rise of divorce and infidelity is an indication that we are truly stranded and that our boat is quickly losing the battle. Does anyone truly believe that marrying one woman after another will bring eternal bliss? Have we become completely blind? Have we forgotten that love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a life-long decision?
Just like a plant will perish without water, love will die if it isn’t maintained. However, in a world where our word no longer holds any value, it’s no wonder that depression and hopelessness are on the rise as well.
If our Heavenly Father had not intervened 2000 years ago, we probably would have been completely annihilated by now. However, our Father did show up. We had erred greatly, our heavenly marriage was completely ruptured. We had lost our way, constantly looking for love and never finding it.
God showed what love truly is when Jesus willingly let Himself be crucified, his arms wide open, reminding people that, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Ps 103:11-12, NIV)
Hope was revived. Love had come into our neighborhood, but still many preferred the forbidden domain. Their reality isn’t love, but, rather, selfishness: “I deserve to be happy.” “I only want to be loved!” However, are any of them truly happy and loved? Without the miracle from our Heavenly Father, we would have never known what love truly meant.
Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a decision. Just like Jesus, who made the decision to come to our planet with healing and the peoclamation of the Good News about Real Love, who willingly decided to died on a lonely cross so that we could experience real love and real happiness for eternity; in just the same way, our earthly love is also a decision.
This came vividly to me when a grade eleven student came up on our church’s platform last Sunday. She was crying but felt she should share her testimony. For eight months she had suffered terrible headaches and seizures. The doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. She often was tempted to give up. Only one thing caused her to continue to hold on: love! Love from her family, love from church members that kept her in their prayers, and God’s love.
Love is powerful, but if not nurtured, it can die.
The girl ended by quoting the following text from 1 Cor. 13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1Cor 13:13, NIV2)
In the next few months, we will discover how to build a marriage that will last to eternity. There is hope, my friend. Never give up! Love is what will hold you together!
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