Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our greatest fear

From the book, The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller. Powerful truth that speaks clearly about the difference between a "fling" and a life-long commitment of love, "warts and all."
...romantic flings are so intoxicating largely because the person is actually in love with a fantasy rather than a real human being...When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved, is well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us...Passion may lead you to make a wedding promise, but then that promise over the years makes the passion richer and deeper.
What a great reminder to stay true to one another, get to know each other deeply, and love for the long-haul, as we both allow God's love to transform us from the inside-out. 

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