I still have some of my parents’ cards and letters they wrote one another when my dad worked off shore on drilling rigs. They are mushy and sappy. They have hidden messages in them I’m sure. They talked about their love for one another. They talked about their love for me. I am so thankful that I have those tokens of the love my parents had for one another. Although they were older when they met and married, my dad always told my mother he’d never been loved like she loved him by anyone else. He felt safe in her love. She felt secure in his. Perfection wasn’t there, but love was.
Oh beloved, maybe you are struggling in your marriage. Maybe love seems so far from your mind right now. Maybe you haven’t got a handful of love letters to re-read from your spouse. You could be tired of the situation or you could be married to someone who is tired of their end of it. Marriage isn’t always easy and life isn’t always fair.
But listen, you have love letters from the Almighty. You have an entire book of pure love written just for you. The Lord wants you to know that from before the earth was in orbit His love was real. And before you were a sparkle in your earthly father’s eye or a dot on a screen in the physician’s office – God loved you. He wrote everything in the Word for you. He means what He says about you, for you and on account of you. God is Love. It’s time you get that settled in your heart once and for all. God loves you. Jesus died for you because of His great love. He rose again as a victor so that you can live in victorious love.
Regardless of how you are feeling in the earthly feels about love, you can nourish yourself with this amazing Agape Love. You can drink that Book of love in and let it wash over you. This love will replenish your hardened heart and give you a fresh start. And you can go to the Father any day and every day and ask Him to allow you to give that Agape Love out to your spouse. And to anyone else who needs it. You aren’t bound by another’s poor motivation or inability to love you.
You are betrothed to the King of Kings and you have the passion of Christ within you! You can ask God to return you to your first love and give you new love. Sappy and mushy? Well something about love from God makes you feel the warmth of compassion for others and even for yourself!
God loves you and He’s for you. Always, forever, and death will not even part you. You are loved. So run to the One who loves you this morning and ask Him for a fresh start in the Love department. Ask Him to show you His love and give you His take on love stories. And then live in the Light of His overwhelming, never ending, absolute love for you!
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.