Posts tagged ‘God’s heart toward us’

November 13, 2010

First loves and true security

by Veronika

I’ve never had a first love. But I have had a first crush. It was weird, when it happened. I suddenly realized I thought he was “so cute!” and I loved the sound of his voice. In fact, that’s what got me – his voice.

Like most crushes, nothing came of it, and in fact, I doubt he does or ever will know that I was interested in him. That’s okay. He doesn’t need to know, because he’s not the one God’s planned for me.

But have you ever had one of those “first loves” that makes you stay awake at night and just pine after him? You get the flutter-butters in your stomach and you have such a hard time looking him in the eye? And if he returns your affection, well then…you might as well go order the dress now.

Eventually, though, you realized that it wasn’t real. It was pure adrenaline, a plunge-in head-first fantasy that wasn’t made of anything truly deep or steadfast. You made up ideas about that person that “just had to be true” because you created and believed in them so long, they became real. And before you know it, you’ve given a piece of your heart away, and then another, then another. Before you know it, you’ve forgotten what true love looks like – because you’ve forgotten the Person who demonstrates it to you every day.

In Day Three of Moments for Singles, Leigh affirms a truth many young ladies and women forget: “My first love is the One who “first loved me, the One who has kept on loving me through every other love of my life” (emphasis added). God is a jealous God. He wants your affection…but He loves you anyway, even when your heart is bound to someone else. He loves you. Passionately. Devotedly. Eternally.

“Receiving the love of God,” Leigh says, “does not mean I renounce my desire to be married.” I think most of us struggle with this. “God!” we wail. “If I dedicate my entire life to You, that means that I’ll never, ever get married!”

No, dear ones, it doesn’t.

Leigh continues. “Receiving God’s love does not mean I renounce my desire to be married. It means that I feel secure in knowing that I am deeply loved today – right now!” You have the biggest “security blanket” the world can’t even fathom. You have the undying, never-ending, unquenchable PASSION of an almighty God, who, as St. Augustine said, “loves each of us as if there were only one of us”! As far as God’s concerned, you’re the only one He cares about. He’s passionate and jealous for you and you only. He’s your first love because He gave up His Son for you, and He’s your security because – unlike fleeting crushes and puppy loves – He’s never, ever going anywhere.

And that, to me, is worth my whole heart. I’m content to wait for His gift of a physical marriage in the meantime. Till then, I’ll seek to “love others as He first loved me” (ref. 1 John 4:19) 

Are you with me?

October 21, 2010

Leave behind

by Kelsey

 Nothing ruins a new day faster, than bring up yesterday. Let the past, be the past.

Everyone has scars. That is part of life, sorry to be blunt, but that is how it is. The question is, how are you going to deal with it? Are you going to let it get you down, feel like a failure, and forget what God’s mercy has done for you? Or, are you going to rejoice that God has been with you through it all, and is still holding you, leading you, and keeping you? 

The second sounds like a better choice to me. So why do we normally chose the first before the second? Well the truth, I don’t really know why. Yep its out, I don’t know everything. But I do know that part of it is, we don’t trust God enough. Do you really think He is going to let you down? He promises that He won’t. Then why do we live with this idea, when life gets hard? If life was always easy, then what would we need God for? Now of course I’m not limiting God to only helping us when the going gets tough, but you see my point.

We act like we only need God when things get hard or uncertain. And when life is hard, we tend to focus on the negative, instead of focusing on the positive.

Have you had something in your life that you wish wouldn’t have happened? Has someone hurt you, and you think you can’t ever forgive them? Maybe you are having a hard time with your husband or boyfriend, or a friend isn’t getting along with you. Well gals, don’t let that get you down. God knows what He is doing. And we have to stop looking at the problems with the present, and the mistakes of the past, and look to the only thing we know is secure. Jesus Christ!

It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, God has promised, – The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”-Deuteronomy  31:8. He always keeps His promises. So believe it!

So forget the past. The past has been washed away, and you can start again. Forgive and forget. It’s that simple. Don’t make it more complicated then it has to be, and don’t make excuses. Forgive, like you were forgiven, forget just like Christ forgets all your trespasses.

Look forward to the future, for He holds it in His hands. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)