Divorced from Love
Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other. – 1 John 4:10-11 (CEV)
Divorce courts are full of horror stories. Like the woman who discovered her husband moving in to the house next door the day after their case ended; he had secretly purchased their neighbor’s house during the trial. Or the woman whose ex-husband gave her photos of a momentous family occasion with her image removed from all the pictures. Then there was the woman who, knowing her estranged husband was allergic to cats, bought three long-haired kittens and let them sleep on the sofa—before giving him the furniture.
These stories might be amusing if they weren’t so sad.
I designed love to be ever-lasting, not a fragile, emotion-driven experience that fizzles when the momentary thrill of romance ends or your spouse does something you don’t like. Anyone who has experienced divorce, whether in a marriage or your parents’ when you were growing up, knows about the long-lasting damage it inflicts on everyone involved, extended family, and friends.
My love isn’t like that. It’s forgiving, understanding and permanent. I’m not fickle like so many people can be. I’m not condemning. I won’t misunderstand you, hate you, doubt you, or judge you. I sent My Son to die for you. That is the ultimate kind of sacrifice that no one else was willing to make. It’s how I demonstrated My love. It’s the kind of love that never ends and never diminishes in value.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- How do you define love?
- Watch this video on love: What would it mean to have long-lasting love in your life?