Sunday, July 25, 2010

Love is impossible

“You cannot manufacture unconditional love (agape love) out of your own heart.  It’s impossible.  You may have demonstrated kindness and unselfishness in some form, and you may have learned to be more thoughtful and considerate.  But sincerely loving someone unselfishly and unconditionally is another matter altogether.  You may be convinced that with enough hard work and commitment, you can muster up unconditional, long-term, sacrificial love from your own heart.  You want to believe it’s in you.  But how many times has your love failed to keep you from lying, from lusting, from overreacting, from thinking evil of this person you’ve vowed before God to love for the rest of your life?  It’s this failure that exposes mankind’s sinful condition.  If you’re not right with God, you can’t truly love your spouse because He is the Source of that love.  You simply won’t be able to do it without Him.  The truth is, you can’t live without Him and you can’t love without Him.  But there is no telling what He could do in your marriage if you put your trust in Him.”

Today’s Dare:  Look back over the dares from previous days.  Were there some that seemed impossible to you?  Have you realized your need for God to change your heart and to give you the ability to love?  Ask Him to show you where you stand with Him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination.

Again, Steve and I discussed this dare and how it relates to us and to our relationship.  We have long before settled our eternal destinations, and we know without a shadow of doubt that we are going to live together in Heaven with our Lord Jesus.  We hope that you are able to confidently say the same.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Steven Amy and Claire,
Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have a beautiful granddaughter !! Sooo cute walking around-- glad you had a great b-day amy, hope you recieved our card. Love always Grandma Robin