This statement was the most unromantic thing anyone had ever said to me
Reference: v.4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I remember when Cameron and I first got engaged we were incredibly happy and excited. However, neither of us had high paying jobs and we soon became aware of how much our living expenses would cost us.
There was no way we wanted to delay our marriage, but we had to find a place to rent and still be able to pay for food and bills on top of that.
My parents were very supportive during this time and my father had a way of summing things up beautifully, “Love doesn’t pay the bills!” This statement was the most unromantic thing anyone had ever said to me… however it was true.
Love is beautiful and poetic, it can bring sunshine to a bad day, and it is the rainbow to the storm. However, we all live in reality. We all need to eat, sleep, pay bills and contribute to society.
Love is grand, but it must not remove us from reality.
Application: God has a great way of combining love with justice, purpose and productivity. His love is not that of a besotted teenager, but a mature love that helps people to grow and develop.
That is the kind of love we should have for everyone; love that develops respect and maturity in those around us.
Prayer: Lord, Your love is perfect. May we learn to extend Your love to everyone around us so that we all become better people from the experience. Amen.
How can you express love to everyone in such a way that they are better off from experiencing it?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.