I have continued in the Love Dare book challenge ;-) . I loved day 22 which is where I am right now---this , to me, was very beautiful. It was called Love is Faithful....but it spoke about unfaithfulness.......BUT in a beautiful way.
It referred to the book of Hosea--which is a beautiful book. It spoke about how God told him to marry a prostitute---and the Love Dare book said this:
"He wanted Hosea's Marriage to show what Heaven's unconditional love looks like"
(his wife did not remain faithful)..."So Hosea was left to deal with a broken heart and the shame of abandonment...........God told him to go and reaffirm his love for this woman who had been repeatedly unfaithful. This time she had reached a new low and had to be bought off the slave block, but Hosea paid the price for her redemption and brought her home...
This is a true story and it was also used to portray God's love and favor that he showers on the believer without measure---we are challenged to love our spouse in this way---unreservedly---and undeservedly--repeatedly, enduringly!! I love this quote:
"Love is often expressed the most to those who deserve it the least" "Ask Him to fill you with the kind of love only He can provide, then purpose to give it to your mate in a way that reflects your gratefulness to God for loving you. That's the beauty of redeeming love. That's the power of faithfulness."
I think this is all very beautiful and what a challenge.---I love him as myself since he is part of me and we are one--if I hurt him, I hurt our relationship and myself. Now I am challenged to Love him as God loves me--no matter what---I am to illustrate this love in my loving of my husband----what a challenge.....but I know that God's Spirit does put this love in our hearts to be shed abroad---I know it!!!