do you really love me?

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John 14:23-24 (NKJV)

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

I remember when my husband proposed to me.  I was elated  that I would soon be his and he would be mine.  There was no ring involved.  I hardly noticed.  We were both working and saving our money, which we had very little to speak of.  I was so elated that we had promised our hearts to each other and our lives to be lived as one together.  A ring seemed actually insignificant to me at the time.  I was so amazed that he gave me his heart, and chose me to be the one in whom he wished to live out the days of his life.   To have him was more than enough.  I couldn’t have been happier.

Then the comments came and began to multiply, about the absence of a ring.  It seemed unimportant to me, yet some seemed to think it needed to be pointed out that he gave me no ring.

Fortunately, I did not really think about it and it certainly did not spoil our engagement.  He asked me to marry him, and that was the highest honor he could give me at that stage of our relationship.  He gave me his word that he was mine and I gave him my word that I belonged to him.  He gave me his heart, and promised we would be together forever.  

We began to plan things that were important to us, and knew God had brought us together  for specific reasons, and had great things in store for us.  I did not let the comments about something so temporary and material as a ring, spoil the depth of joy I had about our engagement.  After all, its just a ring.  I knew the true treasure was his heart, his word, and his promise to be there with me in the future.

If we love God, then we recognize what the true treasure of the relationship is all about.  We cherish and keep His Word.  We cherish our communion with our Father.  He has our heart and we have His.  We love Him and are careful to keep His Word so that we abide in that love.  

We know He brought us into His family for a unique purpose and are elated about discovering that plan hand in hand together with His abiding love and presence. We are not looking for what others call the next “move of God” or fancy extremes that sparkle and shine.  We have a living relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.  

This special bond is only accessed when we give Him our hearts.  His Word is more than enough to keep and guide us along the way.  His intimate love and communion is the assurance that all is well and we are on the right path.  Why look for anything else to validate His affection?  We have everything we need for life and godliness wrapped up in our relationship with Him.

blessings,

Pastor Wendy