The Chris­tian Cor­ner

I wish I had Some­one to Love Me Like That

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We live in a world where peo­ple use some­one else for their own per­sonal plea­sure. When that plea­sure is gone, they move on to some­one else. A col­league of mine al­ways used to ner­vously straighten up and ap­ply her make-up be­fore go­ing home to her hus­band. She feared him leav­ing her — again — and wanted to pass his inspection. It wasn’t enough; he moved out for an­other woman. Have you felt that pain of re­jec­tion from a parent, friend or spouse? Do you have to hide part of who you are to be ac­cept­able to oth­ers? IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. Late one Au­gust af­ter­noon, 75-year-old Dorothy fi­nally got her one chance of the day to wa­ter-ski and grace­fully rose out of the wa­ter on her first try while her hus­band Marvin steered the boat. Only a few years later, Marvin walked very slowly with a walker or cane. Dorothy slumped her weary, med­i­cated body in her chair, her white head bob­bing sleep­ily while a high-pitched, ro­dent-re­pelling whin­ing noise filled their ears. A tragedy of old age? Hardly! Yes, it’s sad to see some­one you love suf­fer­ing. The Bi­ble tells us, “The whole cre­ation groaneth and tra­vaileth in pain to­gether

un­til now” (Ro­mans 8:22). That’s the hor­ri­ble ef­fect of our sin and disobe­di­ence to God. But there’s more to Marvin and Dorothy’s story than that — and more to ours too. A care­giver, watch­ing Marvin sit­ting day af­ter day by his wife’s side, hear­ing him call her “honey,” and watch­ing him painfully walk over to serve her ev­ery need, said, “I wish I had some­one to love me like that!” Who wouldn’t crave a love that keeps on flow­ing our way when we have noth­ing to give back? WE DO HAVE SOME­ONE WHO LOVES US LIKE THAT! Marvin learned to love his wife from his Saviour Je­sus Christ. “God com­mendeth His love to­ward us, in that, while we were yet sin­ners, Christ died for us” (Ro­mans 5:8). We’ve all done many acts of disobe­di­ence to God. One, just one, “lit­tle” lie de­serves pun­ish­ment by a right­eous God who hates sin, and “the wages

of sin is death” (Ro­mans 6:23). But God loved us when there was noth­ing in us to at­tract His love. Marvin said, not that he was liv­ing a tragedy, but that God was us­ing his sit­u­a­tion as part of His plan to show a love that flows from God to peo­ple like us who don’t de­serve it. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only be­got­ten Son, that whoso­ever be­lieveth in Him should not per­ish, but have ev­er­last­ing life” (John 3:16). Will you re­ceive, as Marvin has, the only Saviour of sin­ners like your­self? For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the Kapuskasing Bap­tist Church at 705-335-3240 or view our web­site on­line ka­puskas­ing­bap­tistchurch.ca We wel­come your com­ments and / or ques­tions. You’re in­vited to wor­ship the Lord with us at Kapuskasing Bap­tist Church each Sun­day morn­ing at 11:00 am, Sun­day evening at 7:00 pm, and / or Wed­nes­day evening at 7:00 pm for Bi­ble study and prayer.

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