Lent: Day 23 – British singer Adele sings a wonderfully beautiful and yet heart wrenching song about love lost called Someone Like You. If you’ve ever lost what was for you a true love, the song could bring back some painful memories. In part of her refrain, she sings; “sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.” In this she is quite true, however what we have to understand is that the love that hurts and the love that lasts are two different kinds of love. The love that hurts is always physical. The love that lasts is the spiritual one God continually gives to the soul that seeks him out. He is always ready to welcome us back into his refuge and reconcile us with his love. No physical relationship of love is ever without some kind of pain, either great or small. Through Christ, if we choose to believe, we will begin to have a fuller understanding of the true love God has for us. Since we are human even our fullest understanding of true love is limited. This should not keep us from striving to give true love (love as Christ loved) to those we say we love in this physical life. Yes, sometimes it hurts in love, but always remember that to accept God’s love instead, always lasts.
2 Samuel 7:4,8-16 When he (David) commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens…
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord
Romans 4:13-18 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law (physical) but through the righteousness of faith (spirit/believing in God).