Love is a beautiful thing. Our love for others is an opportunity for those around us to experience a taste of God’s love for us. But, if this person you loved was taken away, or were to leave, could you still discern and believe in the love God has for you? Could you still see in yourself someone worth loving, who is still capable of loving others and returning God’s love? Could you still believe in a life worth living?
These are not easy questions. None of us may truly know how we would respond to a loss like this until the time comes. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t grieve, or to feel ashamed of working through difficult emotions when something is taken from us, but God’s word encourages us to hold onto him, and not despair of life when earthly loves are gone.
Remember that people in our lives whom we can love and be loved by are gifts from God. Likewise, our lives and the way we choose to love others can be a gift to them. But wherever the heart is concerned, we must make sure we allow God to take His rightful place, and then put those we love in their rightful places as well. God even tells us in Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife, and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” God is saying that He should come first, above all else. To hate is saying all our other loyalties and idols should be secondary to our devotion to Christ.
Of course, I don’t ever want to lose those I love, but I know that I could find life again without them, as God is my first love, and my source of life.
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