Every girl dreams about the day when she will be swept off her feet by her knight in shining armor. About loving and being loved by the most wonderful man in the world. It's a beautiful picture, though most don't know that it is not reality.
It is in our nature as women (or young women, should I say) to desire a life of love and harmony with a future spouse, and to desire that security of belonging to a husband some day. God placed that desire in us, and it is a beautiful desire, but we find now-a-days, that this desire is misused, misdirected, and misunderstood.
Romance and love are blazed across the nation in both the secular and Christian realm. Just about every classic and fairy tale depicted in movies and books are pictures of pretty love stories. Parents encourage the cultivation of it at an early age in their children, and it seems that the whole of life before marriage is directed to that special day.
While it's every girl's dream to have a true love of their own, many miss the most beautiful love-life of all. Romance novels, (yes, even Christian Romance Novels) fictional courtship stories, and "love"relationships encouraged in dating and other relationships smother reality and distract from the most important relationship of love ever bestowed on man-kind. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Imagine with me a moment, about a man whose love for us is so great that He wrote a love letter thousands of pages long, just to show His love for us. Imagine a man whose love for us is so great, He wants to be with us every moment of every day, He doesn't want to part with us. Imagine a man whose love for us is so great, that He rescued us from a tragic death, and died Himself in the process! Imagine a man whose love for us is so great, that He rose from the dead so he could live with us and help us to conquer all our many struggles and hurts. Imagine so great a love, who wouldn't want a lover like that? "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10) Oh, how He loves us!
I'm sure by now you've guessed who I'm talking about, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that such a relationship may seem dry and uninteresting a majority of the time, just wait until you let Jesus really get a hold of your heart!
I say "let" because He will not force Himself on us. He is just waiting at the door to your heart, loving you so, so much. Understand, He can't just come in because of sin. He loves us in spite of our sin, and actually made it so there would be no breach in the relationship, no sin to mar the beauty of the love-life He wants with us. "But God commendeth (established) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) But we have to take the first step in asking forgiveness for those sins, and ask Him to come in.
Even after Jesus has entered into the door of our hearts, He still does not force Himself on us. Oh, He loves us still, just as much as He did before, but I do believe He is saddened by the fact that very few enter into the fullness of the Love Relationship with Him.
What makes the life of love in Christ so beautiful is that we can never fully measure His love for us. The more we learn about His love, the more there is to know. When we strive to have Christ as our first True Love, we will receive more fulfillment than any man on earth, no matter how wonderful, could give us.
Let me challenge you these next couple months to, when you wake up, first thing ask the Lord:
1)Please show me more about your love today.
2)Please show me how to love you.
3)Please show me how to share your love with others.
Really open yourself to the Lord. He knows everything about us, but just as we dream about how we will share everything with our future husbands, we need to tell the Lord everything. There is no perfect way to pray, and the more we are ourselves in prayer, the more we can feel we are being completely honest with the Lord.
Let us pray for each other, dear girls, that we can establish a new generation of young women who are on fire with the life of love in Christ Jesus. Imagine what a handful of women fully dedicated to Christ and His love could do in this dark world of ours!
Posts from the Past
Every Wednesday I post something that I have written in the past. It may have been written a long time ago, or a very, very long time ago! :-D So please forgive any mistakes!