Here’s a couple of questions for all the married sisters out there…not the newlyweds, but those who have been in the trenches of holy matrimony for several years. Do you love that man the way you loved him when you first said “I Do”? Do you still find yourself fondly thinking of him every moment of every hour of every day? When you think of him, do you feel as if you need to do whatever you possibly can to please him because you are so madly, crazy, head-over-heels in love with him? Or are you simply going through the motions because of the vows you made way back when?
Ok, my married brothers, now it’s your turn. Do you still crave your wife like you did when you first pursued her? Does your heart still flutter in anticipation like it did as you went down to one knee to pop the question? Or are you just going through “daily rituals” out of a sense of obligation because you feel like your life is on “lock-down” to your proverbial ball and chain?
Now, let’s flip the script and ask yourself this question: If you still had that passionate, OMG crazy love for your spouse, how would it make you feel if he/she, although obligated to you, no longer loves you the way you love him/her?
I couldn’t even imagine how deep that hurt would be. I’m sure the first thing that would creep into my psyche is insecurity. I’d begin to wonder if his faithfulness would last. I’d probably ask myself if he would eventually drift so far away that he would ultimately turn his back on me altogether, in spite of his knowledge of just how much I love him.
Now picture how Jesus felt as he confronted the church of Ephesus. This part of His bride that He loved so dearly, is the same part that only served Him out of obligation. The love was no longer mutual. Today, He is still feeling the pain of so many of us who have lost our First Love. Continue reading “LOVE ME LIKE YOU LOVED ME”