Thursday, October 4, 2018

The LOVE Series-A Marriage Story

God's love looks very different than the world's kind of love.  We see God's kind of love in the Bible and we see the world's kind of love on the evening news.   God's love is thinking of the needs of others and the world's kind of love says to look out for number 1.  In this world, we hear alot of sad and heartbreaking marriage stories.  However, today I want to share with you a story that is an example of God's type of love.  Although the names have been changed, this is a true story and shows the power of God's love and mercy in a family's life.

Greg and Grace had been married for 10 years with several children.  Greg was an executive who worked long hours at his job.  Grace worked outside the home as well and was often very tired and slightly overwhelmed.  Even with the long hours, children and other pressure, they had a good relationship.  They were both Christians and attended church weekly.  However, unbeknownst to Grace, Greg began to compromise.  He felt he was too busy to read his Bible, much less spend quiet time with God.  He was feeling very restless.  Instead of turning to God, however,  he began to read a book that offered ungodly teaching and advice for his restlessness.  He took his focus off of God and his family. Although Grace knew Greg was going through a dry spell, she wasn't prepared for what happened next.  One day while at work, Grace got a call from Greg letting her know he had someone else.  Not only that, but was leaving with her that day to take a trip together.  Grace was shocked, devastated, and crushed.   Needless to say, they separated and prepared for divorce.

Meanwhile many family members and Christian friends began to pray.  This was a nightmare.  Greg knew almost instantly he had made a huge mistake.  Grace was very broken and not sure what step to take.  Then after about a month, Grace got another call.  However, this call was quite different.  Greg was broken and asking for restoration as he knew he made a tragic mistake. Grace felt many emotions inside.  She said she needed time.  Some of Grace's friends gave some well-meaning advice and said "if he did it once, he will do it again".  The Bible even said it was a reason for divorce. However, Grace wanted and needed to hear from God.  She took a few days to pray and seek God.  God reminded her that Greg came to her directly.  Also, that this was totally out of Greg's normal character.  Out of ten years he didn't as much as flirt with anyone as much as cheat.  He was passionate about God for many years in the past.  The Lord reminded Grace how they had both put other things before their relationship with the Lord.  Also,  that they had allowed unforgiveness of past hurts to go unchecked.  Before long, Grace found herself shedding tears of her own repentance.  She repented of neglecting her relationship with the Lord and allowing bitterness to creep in.   She surrendered her life, relationships, and plans once again to the Lord.  After seeking God, Grace felt in her heart that she wanted to give Greg another chance.  She asked him to agree to go to counseling for at least a month before moving back in.  Humbly, he agreed.

Today, Grace and Greg have been married over 40 years.   They have children and grandchildren that look up to them as Godly examples.  Grace knew that she had biblical grounds for divorce, but out of the love that God gave her, she tried again; she is so happy she did. To me, this is an example of God's love.  He forgives and gives second chances.  Grace could of easily moved on, but didn't.  Instead,  they sought God for repentance and together are leaving a legacy of a Godly family.  

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  1 Corithians 13:4-7