‘Love… cannot be bought, no matter what is offered.’ Song of Solomon 8:7 CEV
What would tempt you away from your husband/wife? If you’re not married, what would separate you from your best friend? Let’s raise the stakes: what could someone offer you that would tempt you away from God? It’s easy to say: ‘I wouldn’t let anything come between me and God.’ And even mean it.
But be honest—have you ever put off your Bible study time to do something ‘fun’? Ever decided to skip prayer because you’re too busy? It doesn’t seem like much, but if we can give in to the little things, we lower our resistance to bigger things too. If we struggle with commitment to our perfect heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally, we’re going to come into serious difficulty when we’re in a relationship with an imperfect, flawed human being who tests our patience. As we said yesterday, all relationships are made up of imperfect people. (That includes friendships as well as romantic relationships.) And let’s not forget that we’re one of them. But even though we make mistakes, God never gives up on us or stops being committed to us.
The Bible tells us: ‘Love… cannot be bought, no matter what is offered.’ There’s absolutely nothing that can take away His love for us. So first, let’s work on our commitment to Him. Let’s refuse to let anything come between us and God. As we strengthen our relationship with Him, we’ll discover the people He created us to be… people who love and give generously, allow others to be real, limited, changeable human beings, and look to God for guidance and strength. And when we try to live that out, we’ll strengthen all our other relationships too.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 5:1–27, Matt 6:19–34, Acts 5:1–11
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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