Over 20 years ago now, a young man and woman were joined in matrimony. Their theme verse was 1 Corinthians 13:13. I suppose at the time that verse was picked be cause it’s a “good wedding verse” and it looked great on the church banners they made for the ceremony. In truth, we desired love as it was defined in the Bible. The unconditional; for better or worse kind of love.
Certainly our years together facing challenges and celebrating triumphs have tested every facet of our faith, hope, and love. I can concur that the greatest of these is love. My bride has demonstrated to me love whether I’m at my best or worst. She has stayed by my side and built me up when I was crushed. She’s loved me silently when I didn’t feel like talking. She has always been there right by my side. What a gift from God she has been to me!
So this is way more than a good wedding verse, it is an amazing life of love in the Father’s love; one we can choose to partake in with one another. I’m so thankful for my sweet bride who has chosen to do so and bless me richly. I can only hope to return this blessing.
Take some time to ponder the great love with which our Father in heaven loves us. Check out romans 5:8, John 3:16 and so many others!
What relationships can you pour that love over into? Your marriage? Your family? Your friends?
Start today loving others as God has loved you.
Father you have given us faith, hope, and love and the command to abide in these three. Equip us to do that to change the world for Your glory. Let Your love have its way in our hearts that others may come to know You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!