Flowers and cut-out paper hearts are not love

Love.

When you read that word, what image comes to your mind? What feelings are tied in your heart to  this word?

I know some people who have a hard time admitting that they think of cut-out paper hearts, flowers, and romance.

While all of that might be appropriate in a relationship, these and other similar things not necessarily show love. Love’s more than that. I realize that the devil is the father of lies. He does much damage when he deceives us into thinking that love and relationships and marriage are something other than steadfastness, sacrifice and much joy— which is not always a synonym to feeling butterflies in your stomach every time your significant other shows up.

The reason I’m writing this post is not to merely discuss what love is, but to show what it  looks like. I want to share a video that tells the compelling testimony of Robertson McQuilkin.He was the president of Columbia International University in South Carolina. After 40 years of marriage, he resigned from his job at the university to take care of his wife. What is truly remarkable is that he makes this decision with sympathy and enthusiasm. He not only was supposed to, but he said he “got to”.

I hope that listening to him  may help single  people have a well-grounded and realistic perspective when they think about love.  I hope it also encourages  those who are married  to renew their commitment to remain together in sickness and in health…and most importantly- to be excited about such gift! 🙂 Marriage is truly a blessing. Regardless of your relationship status, my desire is that watching this video may  provoke you to truly and better love the people around you. Love them the way Christ loves you.

Maybe I’m being a little too ambitious. I hope I’m not.

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