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Topic: Tie (02/28/13)
TITLE: Bound By Love
By Mildred Sheldon
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After living with a controlling person I became hardheaded and stubborn as a mule, and it has taken years before I finally let my friend into my heart. I did most of the talking and he listened. He never pushed me. And he didnít judge me like others had. He was so patient. He never got upset or annoyed when I stammered and became flustered. He was so sympathetic towards my suffering.
I now talk to him about everything. I hold nothing back. He was tempted with every conceivable temptation known to man, but he resisted them and did not sin. Because Iím a sinner, when I stumble and fall into temptation I know he still loves me. Amazing doesnít even begin to describe him. His love is higher then the highest heaven, and deeper than the deepest ocean. It has no beginning and no end. His love encompasses me. It covers a multitude of sin.
The only thing that saddens me is the fact that itís taken me so long to realize that my friend is the answer to every question Iíve ever thought or spoken. Heís the way, the truth and the life. Simply put heís the tie that binds. I am bound by his love. He is my heart, mind, body and soul. It is written that once he starts a good work in anyone he wonít quit until it is completed.
I couldnít want a better friend. The bond between us is precious. When I stumble, fall and stray heís patient, and his forgiveness sublime. I now call my friend Jesus, who is Lord and Savior of my life.
ďBecause of the Lordís great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ĎThe LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.í The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.Ē Lamentations 3:22-26
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