As the sun set she walked down the aisle and at that moment I suddenly forgot about the beauty all around me. All I saw was Courtney walking towards her now husband, Shawn, knowing that her prayers were being answered by our Heavenly Father. I immediately got emotional remembering all the time and prayers of Courtney making personal changes to submit to God for whatever His will held for her future. She had been on quite a journey.
I didn’t think I’d get so emotional watching her walk down the aisle. Because I knew God would bless her with either the husband she so desired, or a change of desire to live her life according to HIS will. Either way, I knew Courtney would be blessed and bless those around her. Yes, I am speaking of the founder of Women180.org. Our very own Courtney got married this past weekend.
As I have had a week now to reflect and pray and ask God to reveal to me why so much emotion was felt by me I was constantly reminded of LOVE. There is something about God’s perfect love that gets me every time.
I remember a while ago my mentor telling me that Love is not a feeling but an action. That confused me and really forced me to look deeper into that statement. The bible says:
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18
“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
What this tells me is that Love is a verb, an action. Something we are to do, not just feel. As a married woman of 14 years, this was a hard lesson to learn. I wanted to always feel loving towards and by my husband. But life happens, right? Through those stupid arguments and sometimes more serious disagreements, the love we have for each other is there – whether we feel it or not.
Let’s look at this deeper. Jesus loves us. This is a fact, right? How do you think he feels when we blatantly sin against him over and over again. I imagine he feels the same way, but on a much bigger level, when my daughter does something that she knows she shouldn’t be doing and does it anyway. Am I disappointed? Absolutely! Do I still love her? Absolutely! Jesus is love. He loves us regardless. He proved this when he sacrificed himself on the Cross for our past, present and future sins. His actions showed us what Love looks like in action.
So why was I so emotional watching Courtney and Shawn getting married? Although I know Love is an action, it’s also wonderful to feel. I felt their love and it was contagious. Everyone at that wedding felt love.
You can’t talk about love and not mention the below verses:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Yes, I am one of those mushy fairytale women who are in love with Love!! I’m thankful that as I have grown in my faith this has evolved into not just a feeling but an action. It is something nobody can take from me. I love because He loved me first. This tells me I can be as mushy as I want. I can love and be loved without hesitation.
“Let all that you do be done in Love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
So as I conclude today, let us be reminded to live and love others the way God intended and Rejoice in the Love He has for us.