Remember the old saying “If you love something, set it free. If it’s really yours it will return to you”? Blah, blah, blah. I think I found a more accurate rendition of that strange proverb. The author is unknown but it goes like this:
If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place— you either married it or gave birth to it.
We’ve all heard the saying “Love is blind.” It’s a lie. Lust is blind. True love has its eyes wide open. The kind of love that lasts has perfect 20/20 vision. True love sees all the imperfections, missing cookies, messy rooms, and dirty underwear. It sees warts and moles, and loves in spite of it all.
Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. That’s right! It’s only when your eyes are open that you get the real chance to love. God misses nothing. He sees into the darkest corners of our life and loves us anyway. Then He asks us to love each other in that same way.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34)
How have you loved with 20/20 vision?
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This post is adapted from Ken’s Devotional book Lighten up and Live! 90 Light-hearted Devotions to Brighten Your Day. A perfect way to start your morning. Get it here.