❝Everything ends, because nothing is forever while you are alive. The only honest promise of forever exists after death, that being the promise of eternal life in Heaven or eternal life in Hell. The true love that lasts forever we hopelessly and hopefully long for has already been given to us. That love is the love God has for us. A love that endures forever, that never fails or comes with conditions. God’s love is free and has been instilled in the makings of our beings. We are not star dust or empty souls. We are not just flesh and bones.
We are love; created with it, made for it.
The love lasts forever and maybe, God forbid, you are sent to hell this does not mean God didn’t love you. God loves you and he loves you enough to give you truth, even if the truth is a painful consequence. What is love if it is not of truth? After all, Hell only opens it’s mouth to gulp you if you refuse to let love be at the center of your soul. Let love, God’s love breathe from the center of your soul, your life and you never have to flinch at the gates of hell, you never have to look for love, you never have to wonder about love, and love will abound you.
We roam the world searching for a love, that will make us whole and fill our empty hearts, through others and things that don’t last forever. God’s love lasts forever and God’s love is what fills us up. This does not mean falling in love bound by marriage is hopeless, this means people don’t last forever, souls do. That is why you vow to “love until death do [you] part.” People are flesh and bone, love is soul. That is why when we die, our body rots into the earth. Our bodies do not go to heaven and hell, our souls go there; forever.
Love never ends. And a love that never ends is a love from God. God loves you. God loves you, love him back with the fullness of your being, not in empty words, and his love will manifest through you.❞
❝How would you ever learn unconditional love if you were married to someone who met all the conditions? How would you ever learn mercy, patience, longsuffering, heartfelt compassion if you were married to someone who never failed you, who was never difficult with you, who never sinned against you, who was never slow to acknowledge their sin or ask for forgiveness? How would you ever learn grace to pour out your favor on someone who did not deserve it if you were married to someone who was always deserving of all good things? The main purpose of marriage is that, through your marriage, you become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Marriage, I believe, is the greatest instrument of sanctification.❞
❝To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.❞