We live in a world where people use others for their own personal pleasure.
When that pleasure is gone, they move on to someone else. A colleague ofÂ mine always used to nervously straighten up and reapply her make-up before goingÂ home to her husband. She feared him leaving her – again – and wanted to pass hisÂ inspection. It wasnâ€™t enough; he moved out for another woman. Have you felt thatÂ pain of rejection from a parent, friend or spouse? Do you feel you have to hide partÂ of who you are to be acceptable to others?
Marvin walked very slowly with a walker over to where his wife Dorothy satÂ slumped in her wheelchair. Her medicated body was weary and her white head wasÂ bobbing sleepily.
A tragedy of old age? Hardly! Yes, it is sad to see someone you love suffering.Â The Bible tells us, â€œthe whole creation groans and labours â€¦ together until nowâ€Â (Romans 8:22). Thatâ€™s the horrible effect of our sin and disobedience to God. ButÂ thereâ€™s more to Marvin and Dorothyâ€™s story than that – and more to ours too. AÂ caregiver, watching Marvin sitting day after day by his wifeâ€™s side, hearing him callÂ her â€œhoney,â€ and watching him painfully walk over to serve her every need, said, â€œIÂ wish I had someone to love me like that!â€ Who wouldnâ€™t crave a love that keeps onÂ flowing our way when we have nothing to give back? Thankfully, weÂ do have Someone who loves us like that!
Marvin learned to love his wife from his Saviour, Jesus Christ.Â â€œGod demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were stillÂ sinners, Christ died for usâ€ (Romans 5:8). Weâ€™ve all done manyÂ acts of disobedience to God. One, just one, â€˜littleâ€™ lie deservesÂ punishment by a righteous God who hates sin, and â€œthe wages ofÂ sin is deathâ€ (Romans 6:23). But God loved us when there wasÂ nothing in us to attract His love. Marvin did not believe thatÂ he was living a tragedy. He felt that God was using his situationÂ as part of His plan to show a love that flows from GodÂ to people like us who donâ€™t deserve it. â€œGod so loved theÂ world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoeverÂ believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeâ€Â (John 3:16). Will you receive, as Marvin has, the onlyÂ Saviour of sinners like yourself?
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