Love that is true will follow you forever.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.
Being married is an amazing thing. I truly enjoy being married. My wife is beautiful, gracious, lovely inside and out.
She makes me want to be a better man. She inspires me to be a stronger man of God.
When we were married 27 years ago (this August), I thought I knew what true love was. That’s what I thought I felt towards her and she to me.
But in the years since, I have come to understand it in a much deeper and more profound way.
My wife has always been there for me. She has always supported me. She constantly prays for me.
But true love is something that really can only be understood over time. When we were first married, I loved toward my wife. I told her that I loved her. I felt that in my heart (and I still do).
Now I know better what true love is. We rejoice together. Rejoice that we have three healthy, loving, and strong-in-mind-body-and-spirit sons.
Rejoicing that our youngest son is graduating high school in a couple of weeks.
We rejoice that our middle son is winning against epilepsy – seizure-free for over 16 months!
Together we rejoice that our oldest son will be coaching a baseball team this summer and being paid for something that he’s wanted to do for a long, long time.
My wife and I weep together. We weep over the death of loved ones. Together we face the challenges of serving maturing (that is, growing and changing) congregations. My wife and I pray for friends and family that are struggling with illnesses.
But true love is only something that can be understood over time. We grew with true love together and it is an amazing thing.
It can also only be truly understood by looking – in faith – to God.
God’s love for us – all of us – is true. He created us. He went out to find us when we got ourselves lost in sin.
God saved us from sin, death, and the power of the devil through the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of his beloved, Jesus Christ.
The love of God for me makes my heart swell. He makes me wish I could write poetry or compose music.
But I cannot do either of those things. So, what I do is respond to God’s love by falling deeper in love with my wife every day.
After all, that is what Christian marriage is all about. Our marriage reflects what God feels for each of us through Christ’s love for his bride, the Church.
My wife and I have seen the movie The Princess Bride many times. It is a story about the power of love that resonates with us.
The scene I really like is the mock-marriage between the Princess Bride and Prince Humperdinck. The Impressive Clergyman has planned a rather robust marriage ceremony that will tie mawage … that is, marriage, with “tru wuv”.
Cut short by the impatient Prince Humperdinck, at least he gets out a most important line: “wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva.”
In other words, true love, will follow you forever. And that is so true!
I will love my wife for as long as I live.
And God’s love for us will follow us forever and ever.
Heavenly Father, I give thanks for the joy and blessings that you grant to husbands and wives. Assist them always by your grace that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their marriage vows, grow in love toward you and for each other, and come at last to the eternal joys that you have promised. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.