A week ago while lying in bed, I had an amazing experience of God’s love –so much so I couldn’t move. Nothing can be compared to it – not love from a mother, father, husband, wife or a friend. It was so overwhelming I almost asked God to take it away but instead I fell asleep, basking in his presence.
Psalm 63 is one of my favourite Psalm. I love verses 3-5 that states
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you
The Message version reads;
So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
God’s love is better than life, God’s love is generous. It is liken unto choice foods (v 5) better than wine (Song of Songs 1:2)
It’s amazing how people would do anything for love and miss this generous, overwhelming love that is so freely given.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 5: 8 tells us “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
And this is and should be the foundation and basis of the love we have for each other – a sacrificial love.
In Matthew 22: 36 – 40 Jesus was asked by one of the Pharisees; “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” His response was “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (vv 37 – 38)
In a world where Love doesn’t seem to last, is based on temporal things, this commandment seems irrelevant. Recently I read in the Cape Times that divorce based on adultery is now obsolete. Here’s an excerpt from that article;
The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday in the case of RH v DE that the law allowing civil damages claims against a third party for adultery is “archaic” and “the time for its abolition has come”.
Judge F Brand’s judgement is seen as legal history and paved the path for the eradication of claims in cases of adultery.
On the one hand suing a third party stems from the concept in old English law that the husband has some proprietary interest in the person and “services” of his wife and such an action was always confined to the husband of an adulterous wife. According to some of the older South African judgments, the action had its origins in biblical notion received from Canon law that both husband and wife in a marriage are entitled to the sole use of each other‘s body, akin to some kind of servitude. When these archaic notions were exposed by changing norms of society, the law started looking for a new raison d’etre. This was found, on the one hand, in the protection of marriage as an institution and in the notion of monetary compensation for the insult of the innocent spouse, on the other.
The judge stated in RH v DE “…the time has come for our law to recognise, in harmony with most other legal systems, that in the light of changing mores, these reasons advanced for the continued existence of the action have now also lost their persuasive force”.
It is now cheap to cheat on your spouse. As far as I am concern this ruling does not take into consideration the greatest command Love for God , and the second – love for your neighbour – not even loving yourself. I am trying here not to be judgemental and as a divorcee I probably should refrain from commenting. I realise that no one is perfect but to reduce an act of unfaithfulness, betrayal as archaic is ludicrous! Not to mention the fact that there is now no compensation for this. It’s like giving a free ticket to every married couple –never mind your commitment – forget about the married bed being defiled or your body reserved for each other – here go and have fun – it won’t cost you anything.
The love of God is faithful. It has no boundaries in that the faithful love of the LORD never ends! (Lamentations 3:22). Love that is patient and kind. Love that does not envy, does not boast, is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13: 4 -8a)
God’s love is better than life. Love that will last forever.
You can count on that!
The passion of love
bursting into flame
is more powerful than death,
stronger than the grave.
Love cannot be drowned
by oceans or floods;
it cannot be bought
no matter what is offered.
( Song of Songs 8: 6b – 7)