A Long Line Of Love
One of my favorite songs addresses the subject of a young couple anticipating marriage. They ponder the necessary question…”Do you think we can make it?” I love the assurance that comes in the chorus where the father of the prospective groom tells his son, “You come from a long line of love. When the times get hard, we don’t give up. Forever’s in your heart and in your blood. Son, you come from a long line of love.”
I hope that’s how it was in your family history. If so, you have much for which to be grateful. If not, you know the pain that can result. You feel the hurt. You wish your family tradition was otherwise, but it simply wasn’t. Well, there’s good news for you who wonder what you will say to your son or daughter when they come with their wedding plans and ask if you think they can make it. Regardless of family history, broken homes, disappointments, and failures, we all come from a long line of love. We’ve been loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Before we lived a day on earth, God made plans for us (Psalm 139:16). His plans are for us to prosper…to have hope…to have a future (Jeremiah 29:11). To that end, everyone who comes home to Jesus Christ finds that God in love predestined us to adoption as His children (Ephesians 1:5). Our Father God delights in us (Psalm 18:19). And the story of His love for us fills the Bible. Every good gift you ever received came from Him. All the good loves of your life arise from His love for you. He has always been there for you. He continues to be.
So, whatever your past, please let yourself believe this wonderful truth is for you too…you really do hail from a long line of love. The universe was formed by love. Redemption in Christ springs from the fountain of God’s unfailing love for all people. The Gospel is the story of how God loves you so much, He wouldn’t even spare His own Son in order to bring you home with Him. You see, beloved of God, no matter the heartaches of the past, no matter your uncertainties, and your failures, you come from a long line of love. When the times got hard, God didn’t quit. Forever’s in your heart and in your blood, because He put it there. That’s why you can make it today. Don’t give up. Accept His love and share it with everyone you know.