Shortly after the wedding, many a couple are soon convinced that there is no real such thing as love. Their faith in love has been shipwrecked in disappointment. So what happened?
We should first acknowledge that they never really had genuine love. Love is constant. God's love keeps steadfast right through all the shocking discoveries.
Human love at best are like fireworks of good intention displayed over dark skies, but unfortunately they are not able to retain their light. All that remains from the falling ashes are some good memories and albums. Relationships need the oil of constant love to properly operate. These good memories, however, are now framed in anger, hatred and bitterness. Why does this happen?
The love that fails is rooted in self and cannot stand the tests of daily life. True love are found only in God's love. God has somehow worked within us some instinctive sense of sacrifice and goodness that works in a very limited way. We need to look deeper for a divine love to sustain marriage. Where can we find this love?
Jesus came to show us God's love in action. Christ's death shows us the way He cared for people. As a result, those that repent and follow Him are able to live in that full love.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, NASB).
The people He helped are called helpless, ungodly and sinners. God's love was great enough to help the unkind, mean and downright evil. people The help God provided was the life of His only Son, Jesus Christ.
Christ's life accomplished two things simultaneously. Firstly, Christ died for the sins of His people. Christ took God's wrath upon Himself. Secondly, His sacrificial life showed the nature of God's love. He totally gave up any concern for His own welfare for the sake of others' good. God's love in Christ is the backbone of an enduring love.
The wedding is where each partner commits themselves to live out this sacrificial love. The marriage is where each partner seeks God for His love to shine through their lives into the lives of his or her spouse.
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