12.05.2011

His Unconditional Love

"...to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law, and this is my solemn vow."

Recognize these words? They are probably some of the most said phrases, being said in some form or fashion at nearly every wedding. Over this past weekend, I had the joy of attending my uncle's wedding. It was beautiful and I'm so happy for them!
However, as I sat there admiring the picturesque scene of two people pronouncing their love for one another, I had a thought.

When two people get married, they essentially pronounce their unconditional love to one another. Saying that, in their union, they will love each other no matter what happens, whether good or bad.
In Ephesians 5, Paul shares about the comparison of how a husband is to a wife as Christ is to the church. Here comes my thought... 

Something we struggle with as Christians is remembering that God loves us, every part of us. Even the parts about ourselves that we hate. God is not pleased with the bad parts of us, of course, but He knows the sinful state we are in and promises a way of deliverance.
If as humans we promise our spouse our unconditional love, then why do we struggle so much with the idea that Christ promises this too, especially when He promises it with heights and depths of infinity and eternity?

Romans 8: 37-39
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Personally, I have trouble understanding how God could love someone like me, a wretched sinner with nothing to offer besides mistakes, regrets and selfishness. But that is where the unconditional love kicks in and is most beautiful.

I think a lot of Christians out there need this reminder:
God does love you, all of you. Through better spiritual times, and worse spiritual times. Through when you're feeling spiritually rich and spiritually poor. Through spiritual sickness and health. NOT until death do us part, but in fact, especially in death, when we are reunited and made brand new. Instead of running away from our darkest parts because we have the assumption that Christ "can't handle them", we can know that God will meet us even in those dark places, be with us through them, and provide the way out.

Psalm 139: 11-12
"If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. "


Note: I know wedding vows are not necessarily biblical, but I think the general idea presented can be considered truth.

7 comments:

  1. I like how you used the wedding vows to get your point across. It helped me understand. Thank you and God Bless!

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  2. Glad the comparison helped... comparisons always help me. :)

    Thanks for the continual encouragement, Julie!

    -Rachel

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  3. Dear Rachel the Blogger,

    "Personally, I have trouble understanding how God could love someone like me, a wretched sinner with nothing to offer besides mistakes, regrets and selfishness." All I have to say is that you are definately wretched... but I am glad you wrote this piece... and I am not the only one!

    Kind Regards,
    A dude that read your blog... and never will again...

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  4. @a girl with a smile, ditto. Glad you enjoyed!

    @anonymous, You sure sound a lot like my one brother Gabe.. Hmmm!

    Thanks for the "kind" regards, whoever you are. :)

    -Rachel

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  5. Hello there!
    Stumbles across your blog and love the thoughts that you have to share! Thanks for taking the time to do so. :D
    Cassie
    -justbreatheblog.com

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  6. Thanks so much for the comment Cassie! I'm so glad you enjoy it! :) Oh, it's really my pleasure to write and share. :) I love it!

    I will definitely check out your blog! :) Thanks for the share!

    -Rachel

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