An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:34-35 (NIV)
After nearly a two month hiatus, I am back with another installment of Sunday Morning Word. Today’s poem is performed by Jackie Hill and is titled, “Dangerously in Love.” Please don’t confuse this poem with the Beyoncé song of the same name, although you can use that song as an example of what Ms. Jackie is cautioning you from in her piece.
Sometimes we try to force love for whatever reason. Maybe we’re afraid to be alone; or maybe we see close friends and family members in love and happy, and we want the same; or possibly, we’re trying to distract ourselves from a broken heart with a new romance.
Unfortunately, when we try to force a love that was not in God’s plan for us, the result is usually disaster. And why force a mere human being to love us when we have a Father in Heaven who loves us already? Flaws and all. You don’t have to change the way you look for him to love you. You don’t have to compromise your character for him to love you. You don’t have to chase after him for him to love you. He’s chasing you. His Holy Spirit is drawing you. All you have to do is turn around. You’ll see him standing there with his arms wide open.
So let’s abandon this obsession with finding the perfect man. He can’t give us everlasting life like Jesus will if we just believe (John 3:16). And there’s no greater unconditional love than what comes from God. So love him, because he first loved you (1 John 4:19).