One of the biggest things that you take away from fairy-tale stories is that apparently it's easy for someone to fall in love with a complete stranger they just met. Obviously, we know this is a false reality, that it takes time and many dates, long talks, outings and family/friend meetings before you end up anywhere near the 'love' zone. Love in the form of relationships takes time and effort, something so many on our world give up on when they get 'bored'. It's one of the reasons why there is such a greater divorce rate and amount of people living together who are not married. There's the option to 'get out' when things get too hard. Forget about love at first sight though, wouldn't lasting love be more worth it? God shows us that everlasting love is possible in Him, as He is always there, always calling us home, no matter the mistakes we make or the times we try to run from Him. Isn't that a love worth fighting for, the kind of love we should be trying to give to others in our lives?
Today's Reading states:'Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation' (Romans 5:5-11).
Today's reading talks about how the most important thing is love. My favourite line is that 'hope does not disappoint', as God's love is always helping us through, bringing us back to Him and helping us to live the best life we can. Before we can find that 'love at first sight', we need to look closer at how we love as individuals, and look to God's example of what it means to love. Only through Him can we be truly filled. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you follow in His example of love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing what everlasting love can look like. Help me to grow more in relationship with You and share this same love with those around me.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.