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Nothing Less Than Perfect

 

February 1, 2021 | View PDF



As children, we all dream about happily ever after. We pine away waiting for the knight on the white horse or daydream about love that is never anything less than perfect. When you think of perfect love, who do you think of? While many of you probably said Cinderella and Prince Charming; when I think of perfect love, my thoughts turn to Adam and Eve.

You might say that’s kind of a bad choice for “perfect love.” But if you think about it, Adam and Eve, while best known for the single worst mistake in history, were still the first couple ever made for each other in the literal and spiritual sense. God made Eve especially for Adam. She was made for him and from him. Their relationship was God’s handiwork and despite the whole apple thing, they created quite the life together.

“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” 1 John 4:17

Just like many love stories today, I have never turned a pumpkin into a carriage and my husband has never trotted in on a white horse to save me from some wicked queen. However, I have turned lemons into lemonade many days, and he makes up the cutest songs to sing around the house. We don’t always see eye to eye. We don’t go dancing on Friday nights or awake every morning to breakfast in bed. He may snore…a little. I may nag…a little. He watches Sports Center, and I watch HGTV. But while we two are far from perfect, we love each other perfectly. God created our marriage in His perfect manner, in His perfect way ... as only He can do.

God tells us in 1 John 4:12, “If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.”

So, even though Adam and Eve were far from perfect, even though Adam probably forgot to take out the trash and Eve probably forgot to wash his leaf now and then, their imperfection was made perfect in their love for one another. No matter how flawed they were, their marriage was created in perfect love because the Master created it and He dwelt within the midst.

Don’t stress over living up to the fairytale. Your love story, no matter how simple or how elaborate, was designed by God. He perfected it. He wrote it. He even illustrated it and signed his name on your copy. He’s the author and the finisher.

Happily ever after doesn’t always come with ballgowns and white horses. Most of the time, it comes with sweat pants and minivans. But that’s OK, because if it comes from God, it’s perfect and nothing less.

Many Blessings & Much Love!

 

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