On Saturday, I attended a wonderful wedding. My friend Joel, having lost his first wife to cancer several years ago, married a beautiful woman, Vaneetha, in a ceremony that pointed to the grace and love of Christ. I am so happy for them as they start this new life together. Their chosen New Testament passage was from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Marriage is the closest of all earthly relationships. Paul writes elsewhere that “the two shall become one flesh” and speaks of marriage being a picture of Christ’s union with the Church. Husbands are commended to nourish and cherish their wives just as Christ does the church. We are urged above all to “put on love” not only in marriage but in every relationship. Love “binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
How does one “put on love”? Where would you start? The quality of our love more than anything else determines the quality of our life. So if we are to age well, we must grow in love! I will dive more deeply into this topic next time.
One more thing: Check out Vaneetha’s blog about joy in suffering at danceintherain.com