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OPINION | MARK PETERSON: The most romantic love story in all the world

by Mark Peterson Special to The Commercial | October 7, 2022 at 2:35 a.m.


Their courtship began early in her life as she became of age. When she was involved in some event at school or college, he was there cheering her on. When she had a bad day, he was there for her, comforting and encouraging her.

Her heart leaped with joy whenever they were together and she missed him sorely when they were apart. The thought of living without him was unimaginable.

He even sent his emissary to speak on his behalf, to tell her how much he loved her. She finally said yes, and when they pledged to love each other forever, the angels in heaven rejoiced, for this match was made in heaven.

There were rough spots of course, but he was always there for her, and his love and presence always communicated: "I see you for who you are, and I love what I see."

Who are these two people who love each other with such a deep, abiding love? They are Jesus Christ, son of the sovereign, living God, and you – a Christian and bride of Christ.

Your relationship with Christ began as your body was knit together in your mother's womb, became formalized through baptism and confirmation of your faith, then deepened as you grew older and more spiritually mature. You came to appreciate His undying love and the special comfort, guidance, and love expressed by His emissary, the Holy Spirit.

This is the greatest love story in all of history, for romance and love were created by God Himself, and he knows how to love better than anyone else in the world. He is the lover of your soul and loves you unconditionally, but loves you too much to keep you where you are. He even gave His life for you, that you may be free of the grip of sin in your life.

He has returned to prepare a place for you in heaven, a place of indescribable beauty and joy. Your marriage will be celebrated in the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, an incredible event that will be attended by all the host of heaven.

On earth, men and women get married and become one flesh. When we receive Christ as our Savior, we become the bride of Christ and become one in the Spirit. As an added benefit, we become a member of a community of love and faith with other believers, with whom we enjoy a special relationship in the Spirit.

So fellow Christian, congratulations on your marriage. I pray that you will seek to love and serve your husband, Jesus Christ, as much as He loves you, and that you will be inspired to go forth and share his truth and love with all who come across your path, before joining Him in your heavenly home.

Mark Peterson is a retired educator who's worked with people in Southeast Arkansas. He's a member of the vestry at First Lutheran Church at Eighth and Rock streets at Little Rock. The community is invited to join them for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Details: FirstLutheranLR.com.

Editor's note: Pastors, ministers or other writers interested in writing for this section may submit articles for consideration to shope@pbcommercial.com. Please include your phone number and the name and location of your church or ministry. Writers should have a connection to Southeast Arkansas.


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