In yesterday’s blog, the Lord impressed it on my heart to remind you that you are loved, although it may not seem that way sometimes. Of course, I was referring mostly to God’s love for us. Today, I am sensing that some of you are dealing with a heart that may be broken now or headed that way because it has been a long time since someone near and dear to you has demonstrated his or her love for you. Pastors and counselors deal with that issue often, sometimes even with those in lifelong marriages or relationships. In fact, just yesterday I spoke with a Christian lady whose heart was broken because her husband of twenty years has made her feel that he no longer loves her. To me, there are few things in life more painful than loving someone dearly and for him or her not to love you back.
Are you in that situation today and is your heart aching because you feel unloved and unappreciated? Well, before I can offer a suggestion, let me first remind you that there is absolutely no problem too big for God, and that He will surely help you if you trust Him. Lets start with God’s love. As you well know, it is unconditional, that is, you don’t have to do anything in order for Him to love you. A popular Christian song by the Sidewalk Prophets has these words: “I am the thorn in your crown, I am the sweat from your brow, I am the nail in your wrist, I am Judas’ kiss……….. but you love me anyway.” God loves us even when we don’t love Him back. Since He lives within us, why can’t we do the same? Jesus said we should do good to those who do us evil and went even further when He said we should also love our enemies. Therefore, if we are to love those who do us wrong, should we not also love our spouse, loved one, or friend even when he or she is not loving us back?
If that special person in your life has not shown or told you lately that he or she loves you, I suspect the devil had something to do with it. Nevertheless, I pray you will take comfort in the fact that there will always be One who does. With God’s grace and strength at your disposal, you can defeat him. Here’s one way: If the one you love dearly won’t love you back, you do your best to shower him or her with love anyway. The devil has no defense for that and that method has worked for many. Love is like respect, when you give it to others, it is very likely they will return it. After all, don’t we love Christ because He loved us first?
Memory verse for the week: Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.