Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. I Jonn4: 11 

As we enter into the wedding season, even amongst the joy and celebration, I am reminded that too frequently circumstances, behaviors, attitudes tempt people towards giving up on the life-long love covenant made between the couple and God. After years of aiding couples in strengthening their relationship, it is clear that they often feel that the love they can count on has somehow failed them. Harden hearts often forget what love is and how to love. However, there is no need to give up; with God, all things are possible (Mt 19:26).

It is important to remember “God is Love” (I Jn 4:8) because when we have a sense of Love, of God, His spirit can help us to act in such a way that greater love is returned to us. Seek to know and understand Him more so that the washing and renewing of the mind with the word can restore a forgiving, accepting and rejuvenated heart.   God loves us so much he desires to forgive, restore and accept us. Love forgives, Love restores, Love accepts. “…Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.  Jesus said in (Mk 12:30-31) that there is no commandment greater than to love God and the second is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus Christ, reminds us not to stray from the truth of God’s love and to live together peacefully as much as possible so as not to lead anyone else to wander away. This is the regenerative power of love, which unreservedly holds a desire for forgiveness, acceptance and righteousness.

We can always count on God to love us. He is consistently, presently ready to forgive and accept those who believe.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (I Cor 13:4-7) This is love you can count on.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another and “…not grow weary in well doing” (Gal 6:9).

Yours in Christ                                                                                                                     

Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

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