Can you imagine being generous to a marriage partner who was constantly cheating on you? I doubt many would tolerate that kind of marriage, much less be overly generous! And—what if your cheating partner ALSO used YOUR hard-earned resources to pursue other lovers? Wouldn’t you just be so done?

Most would…but God isn’t.

When I read the following passage, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I have been much like the cheating heart I’ve described! The Bible says: “Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].” (James‬ 4:8‬) When we love—any thing, any pursuit, or any person more than God—our heart is cheating on His love. 

Jesus gave His life to make us His bride. He paid the ultimate sacrifice to afford us eternal life and He deserves our deepest love. Although there are many verses that describe this amazing concept, two of my favorite are:

“For your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.” (Isaiah‬ ‭54:5‬)

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” (Ephesians‬ ‭5:25‬)

When we accept the gift of salvation, we are joined to God to become one with Him. The institution of marriage helps us understand the significance of that commitment—and the deep pain God must feel when we violate His love. “Spiritual adultery,” is to love anything or anyone more than we love God. God knows, I’ve done it to Him time after time—as manifested in how I’ve disproportionately spent my time and my resources pursuing the pleasures of the world and the desires of my flesh.

Yet, He has not forsaken me. Yet, He has continued to give me life and health. Yet, He has blessed my family and give me an abundance of resources. Oh, how humbling God’s generosity is! It makes me want to forsake anything I would pursue more than Him. If there is anything—food, money, work, friends, popularity, sex, etc., that is placed above our pursuit of God—then we are pursuing an enslaving master. God is the good Shepherd of our heart.

God’s love draws us back into His arms.

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans‬ ‭2:4‬)

It is God’s goodness, patience, and mercy that leads our heart back to the circle of His love.

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