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Pastor’s Thought of the Month – The other side of romantic love

 

Ge 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.Ge 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  

February 14th is Valentine’s Day.  This is the day that romantic love is celebrated.

Few things are desired more today than romantic love. Go to Amazon and you will find countless books dedicated to romance. These books cannot come off the presses fast enough to meet the desires of the eager readers. Somehow romantic love will conquer all obstacles.

Romantic comedy movies fill theatre seats. It starts with attraction, then some conflict that keeps those lovers apart then ends with some dramatic scene where true love wins out.

RUNNING A RABBIT FOR THE MEN. WOMEN PLEASE SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH. First of all Men, if you behave like the men in a romantic comedy you may get arrested. Most women do not want you showing up at their wedding to win them. If you stand under their window playing songs it’s considered stalking. Secondly, Hollywood demasculates men. Most women aren’t attracted to the hyper-sensitive types portrayed. If you act like that you may end up very lonely.

 There are even websites dedicated to Christian singles. They advertise that they can find God’s match for you. The claim is if you are tired of waiting on God, then He wants you to be proactive and give Him a hand.  

There are churches that have programs that will help singles find that romantic love they desire. There are many messages on romantic love using the above text. Adam and Eve are pictured as the ideal couple. There was no other woman in the world for Adam. She was taken from his side showing their equity.

The goal is to find that one person who was especially created just for you. You will have all of these butterflies and gooey feelings. And just like a fairy tale you will live happily ever after in romantic bliss. 

The problem with this? It isn’t real. Adam and Eve did not live happily ever after in a state of glorious romantic love. But, they did live till death do you part in a state of committed love.

Eve was deceived and this forced Adam to choose between his wife and obedience to God. Adam blamed Eve for his sin. Their first born, who they probably thought was the Messiah turned out to be a murderer. Their second son was murdered by him.

While they were hiding from God in the garden were they staring longingly into each other’s eyes? While God pronounced the judgement on each of them did “love butterflies” sweep them away? While they stood over the body of their murdered son were they overcome with romantic bliss?

Adam and Eve’s love was greater than the shallow Hollywood love of today. It was a love of commitment. Too many people today are looking for a good feeling instead of true love which is a life long commitment to one person.

This is the other side of romantic love; the side they don’t show you.

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