I don’t know about you but over the years I’ve heard the phrase ‘love is not enough to keep a marriage’ – even from pastors, and I’ve honestly come to believe it.
Until last night.
I was in one of my very argumentative moods with the Holy Spirit and we were talking relationships and marriage-again, and in supporting one of my arguments, I said: ‘But God, Love is not enough to keep a marriage’.
And then as usual God stopped me cold in my tracks with His response: You mean I’m not enough to keep a marriage?
I stop cold. Then the Holy Spirit goes on and reminds me of a scripture I’ve known since I was a child:
Read with me: The person who refuses to love does not know the first thing about love because God is love- 1 John 4:8(MSG).
Of course the punch line was ‘God is love’.
The lesson continued: If you say love is not enough to keep a marriage, then you are saying I’m not enough to keep a marriage.
All other kinds of love- romantic love especially are needed, but not enough to keep a marriage. The kind of love I’ve given you and called you to give – the God kind of love is however all you need to make a marriage work.
Romantic love will not keep a marriage but the God kind of love will. End of lesson.
Question :(God ): Is Love enough to keep a marriage?
Answer: (me mumbling, after eating humble pie) : Yes
The God kind of love is all I need to make a marriage work because that kind of love is God Himself!
I need to renew my mind and cultivate the God kind of love!
Who’s with me?