Tuesday, May 11, 2010

True Love

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.

I Corinthians 13:4

Between officiating at marriages, catering or attending them my husband and I have witnessed hundreds of couples exchange vows of commitment. Even for those who have previously been married a new relationship represents renewed hope and desire. From my vantage point at every wedding, it appears that every couple wants to believe that somehow they will be able to sustain the amazing feeling they are experiencing. Statistics compose a completely alternate ending.

When the day to day struggles arrive, the differences in backgrounds rears on its legs or the protective personality covering falls away, we are faced with how difficult it is to be patient, kind, not insisting on our own way - to love. It proves much more difficult than we ever imagined.

We are, however, loved in exactly the way Paul describes. God knows how to love. Even in Eden his love overshadows Adam and Eve while he makes clothes for them, after they have “insisted on their own way.”

The thirty plus years of loving my husband stumbles when compared to how I’ve been loved by my Father. His love has never faltered as daily he clothes me with his “love” garments. Dressed in His clothes I am able to at least see how to truly love.

Thank you, Father, for loving me with pure, unrestrained passion.
Because of your love I can learn to love.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your thoughts on love are a timely reminder for me as I've found myself getting into a pattern of arguing with a family member. How much easier it seems to get impatient rather than patient etc. It's good our heavenly Father is so patient with us and is always ready to give us another chance-alleluia!