Lessons of Love
During my sophomore year in college, I became discontented with my faith. Church and daily devotions felt routine, and I thought that I should be doing more to honor God. My boyfriend, Art, and I had always talked about our faith; but I felt guily that my faith seemed to be drying up, and I didn’t want to tell him.
One night, I called him. He listened. then he told me that he liked my being worried about my faith life. He believed my discontent showed that I wanted to strengthen my walk with Christ, and he felt that through our relationship we could challenge each other to grow in faith. I had thought that my confession might disappoint him; instead he offered me encouragement. He didn’t walk away from me saying, “You’re not a perfect Christian.” He reminded me that no one is perfect and showed me a glimpse of God’s love.
We all have weaknesses, but God doesn’t cast us aside or kick us out of the family. Even when we stumble, even when we disappoint, God gathers us up in gracious love. If Art loves me despite my weaknesses, how much more does God love me!
May you know the fullness of God’s love as described in Ephesians 3:16-18.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for those who have shown me glimpses of your love. Help me to trust your presence and to show your love to others. Amen.
—from devozine (September/October 2004). Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.