Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Love Dare Day 22
Today I told my husband, "I love you." What is incredible about that sentence is that three weeks ago you couldn't pay me enough to say those three words...much more mean them...I have learned that loving someone is a choice. You have read that statement in many of my previous blogs and I will repeat it..It's a CHOICE.... I have learned something else... I have become lovable to Dusty because I have shown him love when he deserved it and when he didn't...Luke 6:35 "Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men"
I have a friend who is going through a divorce right now. When I asked him why... his reply was that she cheated on me..she'd been cheating on me for years...A few weeks ago, I would have said, "I don't blame you" Today, I prayed for him and his wife. I prayed for hope, wisdom, and the "want" to love again.. The Love Dare talks about a true story of Hosea.
God told Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. They married and had three children, soon after Gomer was not happy staying faithful to one man so she left and Hosea had to deal with the shame....he had loved her but she turned her back on his love...she mocked his love.. Time went by and God told Hosea to go find Gomer and reaffirm his love for her. By this time, she had become a slave and Hosea bought her and brought her home. Yes, she was awful with his love.. But he welcomed her back into his life, expressing an unconditional love... Unconditional doesn't mean if she doesn't love me back..I'm out of here. It means no matter what I am here.. This story of Hosea and Gomer is an illustration of God's love for us. We have rejected Him in so many ways..even after receiving His gift of eternal salvation and yet...He still love us..He still loves me... He still loves you.. He is faithful even when we are not..
I told a friend today how easy this unconditional love can be..I think she just might try it out....If I can learn after 20 years of marriage. Anyone can...
Tomorrow's Love Dare is to remove any thing that is hindering our relationship. until then...