Losing the love of one’s life can shatter any hope of happiness for the one left behind. It isn’t easy being the odd one out, the third wheel, the good ole’ guy or girl who tears up at the sight of someone taking love for granted. I really do believe that love makes the world go ‘round, that what our world needs now is love, sweet love, lot’s of it. For too long, the enemy has heralded hate and caused people who truly love one another to imprison themselves in lonliness and lies. Failing to communicate honestly, connect with one another, and keep God in relationships has opened doors for the enemy to enter and crush beautiful, bold, blessed love stories. God has sent so many signs of confirmation to do things, pursue dreams, step out in faith that have been ignored by lovers of all ages. Keeping Christ first and cherishing loved ones promotes long lives of peace, prosperity, and promise. But we can’t give up on love or life just because our love story didn’t end the way we planned. Many love stories never make it through the first chapter, others become bored in the middle and give up way too soon, some make it through the entire book only to walk out wearily and start a new book, a select few become classics … never ending love stories that touch eternity. What kind of love story are you writing in this lifetime? You may be fortunate to be writing a classic, one that will live on in the hearts of all those you have touched on this earth. Then, you could be the author of a love story with a plot filled with heartaches and headaches, one with more chapters about struggles than successes, sadness than sunshine. It’s easy to give up on such stories. But what happens to the characters who have poured their lives into a love they truly believed would last forever who never thought they would grow tired of one another, who could never understand why their little child died, who never imagined they would be left alone night after night, who didn’t plan on being abused, who never thought sickness would steal and kill, who didn’t plan on dementia robbing precious memories, who never believed their mate would cheat, who allowed selfish desires to override plans made together, who became too busy to recognize what was happening, who put God on a back burner and the sweet love story He planned to be a best seller became a failure. There are so many who thought, who did, who didn’t, who could’ve, who shouldn’t that could have been added to those story lines. Magnificent love stories have flopped for many different reasons. Some seemed to be doomed from the start. Others had everything in the world to make them a smashing success, with silver spoons that shouted success. Yet, when love isn’t cherished and protected, treasured and shared from hearts pure in spirit and closely connected to one another and to Christ; it’s easy to close the book and pack it away … out of sight, out of mind. That’s when the enemy sets in for the kill, unless we allow the love of our Lord to rescue us from pits of sin that become places of refuge and retreat. God is love. His love story has been a best seller for ages. It is filled with chapter after chapter of promise and precious stories that guide and give hope, even for those who feel their book will never make it. God allows us to see stories from the beginning in the garden to the return of His Son. Every chapter captures the glory of a loving Father. His love story was to be perfect. Imagine His pain when Adam and Eve distorted the story line from the very start. Some of His children created more havoc and heartache than most chapters even begin to reveal. He saw His children turn their backs on Him, mock Him, wage war on one another, leave Him and come crawling back over and over, take blessings for granted, worship idols, kill family to receive birthrights, steal from one another, take things into their own hands, forget Him, even crucify His own Son. God’s Book had two parts. The Old Testament was filled with stories of history, commandments, legalism, love, war, and predictions of God’s Son, His birth, childhood death, resurrection, ascension to His Father, and return to take home the saints who have kept Him in their stories. His Good Book continues with The New Testament. These stories document the miraculous birth of Jesus, the Great Commission to share the good news, the new wineskin – granting us a direct line to our Father, disciples who spread the Word, the fulfillment of signs from prophets of old, salvation made possible by Jesus drinking from the cup, signs of end times when God will gather His saints, prepare His army, build His church, come for His bride, destroy the devil and all the demons of Hell, and finally proclaim victory over death, over evil, over the enemy forever and ever. And the devil will be cast into the lake of fire and will be no more.
Those who stand firm and keep writing love stories from pure hearts will find strength to hold on, to keep believing and being all they can be for God. Some of our stories will be finished before the conclusion of God’s story unfolds. When will God send His Son and show the world the end is near? His book of Revelation is real and unravels before our eyes as we read and pray, work and write endings to our own books. When will our book end? Let God’s Word, His promise of love and life eternal, encourage you to write carefully and courageously, tenderly yet tough, continuing instead of quitting, compassionately plus comprehensively; don’t leave out a precious detail, act of kindness, sign of confirmation, affirmation of faith, promise to love and adore one another and Christ our Lord. He will send the signs, the wonders, and the miracles to confirm your climax. Your time to write here will one day end. If your love story included Jesus Christ being your Lord and Savior, you can close your book and hear your Father’s words welcome you home …” Well done my good and faithful servant.” And you will live happily ever after! Amen.