Which ingredient in a love relationship enables it to successfully endure the test of time? Many people rush into marriage based on physical attraction, emotional fulfillment, sexual gratification, the need for security, and many other contemporary reasons; but after the grind of life sets in we often realize there is nothing permanent to knit our soul to our mate because the deluding physical desires supplanted the opportunity for an enduring spiritual union.
This was my experience.
On the other side of my failed marriage, God revealed that the very best relationship would only exist when my heart was touched before any other part of me was touched.
When God touches our heart through another person, it is a pure and undefiled relationship defined by His love. God is the foundation of friendship that remains unshaken over time and circumstances. God’s love is pure and unselfish, and when we know Him, we desire to love like He does. He captures our heart and we never desire to recover it. We want to give it over and over again—to Him and—to the one who loves Him.
Does this sound like a fairy tale?
It did to me—until I fell in love with God and He showed me how to love. It touched me so deeply that I wrote the song, “Love Begins.” Someone shared with me the idea of falling in love with God as the foundation to loving someone else. It’s a song that moves me to love.
It reminds me that God’s love never fails.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)