Bill and I were like most young married couples. Madly in love and our marriage was invincible. But after 13 years, our marriage fell apart and I sought a divorce. Our daughter was six years old. It was one of the worst times in our lives! I became cynical. What is love, anyway, I asked.
One reason I divorced Bill was because our daughter, Jessica, had not only NEVER been in church, but I was losing my once strong faith. You see, we met while we were in a Christian ministry group, called “Christ is the Answer.” After we left the ministry, we married and then left the church.
So as soon as we divorced, I not only dove into church, but into God’s Word, the Bible. As I searched for God’s will for Jessica and I, I discovered not only what love means, but what LOVE is! These scriptures were part of my return not only to the Lord, but to reconciliation to Bill!
That was 23 years ago, on August 19, 2012! Happy Anniversary Bill! I am ever so grateful we were able to remarry and live happily ever after!
1 John 4:13-16 This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Bill reminds me frequently that love is a choice, we choose to love or not! I fell into the trap that the world says, “I fell out of love!” No, I chose to stop loving him! Once I knew love was pure and from God, I chose to love him again and then God began to water our love. It’s now stronger than ever!
But for Bill, he did not know what love looked like, until he heard 1 Corinthians 13. He then became my daily reminder of what love looks like:
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
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