Public Display of Affection

Every time the car stopped they would start kissing

Isaiah 42:1-25

Reference: v.10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: I was recently dropping my husband off at the airport. He was heading overseas and it seemed that Sunday morning was a busy time to take a flight.

With hundreds of cars heading into the airport we were travelling at a snail’s pace and even stood at a standstill for minutes at a time.

At one point, as we were sitting stationary, I looked in the rear-view mirror to the car behind me. It seemed that the couple in the car behind were making the most of the time they had left together.

Every time the car stopped they would start kissing, not tearing themselves apart until the driver had to move forward. I smiled at their exuberance for each other as I compared them to my husband and I who have been married for ten years.

There is no doubt that I would miss my husband while he was away, however, we moved past the ‘public displays of affection’ stage a long time ago. But then that got me thinking. I love my husband today more than I’ve ever loved him, why should I temper down my affection for him just because we’ve been together for so long.

Application: I think we can get a little this way when it comes to our relationship with God.

Have you ever felt the buzz of excitement and passion when you meet a new Christian? The change that God has made in their lives is so fresh and real, their exuberance is almost tangible.

When it comes to praising God I think we get more staid and boring as our relationship with God develops. It is excellent for us to grow in our understanding of God, but this doesn’t mean that we should be less expressive of how much we love and appreciate God.

May we find a new passion for God in our lives this week that allows us to make a public display of affection to our Saviour.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for becoming sterile in my relationship with You. May I learn to express my love for you in a mature yet enthusiastic way. Amen.

How enthusiastic are you about your relationship with God?

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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.

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