Genesis 29:20: “ Jacob worked for Rachel for seven years, but it seemed like a few days because he loved her,” CEB.
Lord God, I want to know
Your word on love, but
these first instances in the Bible
have to do with sacrifice.
That wasn’t what I had in mind!
I can see me praying for someone
to love me so much,
they’ll do almost anything for me,
but such sacrificial love –
as Your bride price for us in Christ –
Jacob worked hard in those fields
and had to take a lot of flak from Laban,
but like Your eternal love,
the years seemed like a day!
So, what are You saying, Lord –
that love is not fluffy but hard,
that we might have to put up with quirks,
flaws, and syndromes – or the distress
Jacob felt when he found himself
deceived and receiving
the wrong spouse?
Oh, help us, Loving Father,
to receive Your gift of love.
Help us to love other people to pieces
until each piece of hardship breaks
into faith-manageable prayer size,
given with thanksgiving and praise.
Thank You, God, for staying with us
and seeing us as beautiful,
beautiful in Your sight.
Thoughts: What sacrifice love makes! What sacrifice does God’s love call me to make – or not?
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Such great food for thought about what true love should look like. Blessings, Mary!
Thank you for reading and responding, Martha. The Lord’s ways really are higher than ours – sometimes harder too.
Dear Mary, God used your words today to confirm something he had put in my heart as I toiled in the garden this morning. To love a particular someone even more than I do now – which seems impossible. But I need to love them less selfishly and more sacrificially, in a far purer sense, for their ultimate good, and not just my own benefit. That is the love that God calls us to. Thank you so much for confirming this with your beautiful, true words. Ana Lisa
What a blessing to hear, Lisa! Thank you.