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True love makes demands of you that go far beyond reasonableness
Ah love. L.O.V.E. Can’t get away from it this time of year, as the Hollywood ‘hot pink’ idea of perfect relationships fills the windows of shops everywhere. I’m not a fan of gratuitous money-spinning festivals (like Valentine’s Day), but the reality is that love truly is worth celebrating.
Over 30 years ago now, my beautiful bride Helen walked down the aisle on one of the happiest days of my life. Looking back over three decades, it’s fascinating to see how our lives have become intertwined. Somewhere along the line, the edges start to blur and I stop making sense without her.
It’s a beautiful picture of the potential of humankind to be open to this kind of defining love – a love that makes demands of you that go far beyond reasonableness, but gives you back yourself, only better.
It’s in our openness and our vulnerability – something which marriage is all about – that we can truly offer ourselves to God and allow him to shape us. Maybe this is why the Bible uses marriage to talk about the relationship between God and his people.
Grace, after all, is deeply concerned with how we see ourselves. It is God’s gift to us that demonstrates his desire for us: we come to know ourselves as – firstly – deeply loved.
If you can look past the pink, the hearts, the schmaltz and the glitter, there’s something deeply important demonstrated in what Valentine’s Day celebrates. That’s why I love what J.John has written for us this month and why I’m so proud of all that my friend Ben Cooley is doing to demonstrate love to people who will never see it otherwise. And it’s why I’ll never stop buying flowers. At the end of the day, I guess it’s just me being made in the image of a romantic God!