Fruit of the Holy Spirit // Love

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Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

Lately I’ve been surrounded by individuals in the throes of love-engaged couples and newlyweds to be exact. Interactions with engaged couples always makes me smile. Their idea of love is so romantic that it serves as kind of a beacon for the rest of us. I use the phrase “rest of us” loosely, knowing that I myself have only been married six years and have a lot to learn about the matter, but nonetheless, couples about to embark on the journey of marriage remind us of something very important, that the sacrament of marriage and the love between us, is something that makes the Lord very happy.

In 1 Peter 4:8 he states that love “covers a multitude of sins.” We know that we are all sinners. We are put on this Earth to serve the Lord, but that doesn’t mean that we are without our faults, we are not perfect and we manage to sin over and over again. Sometimes our sins hurt others. We hurt feelings, we say things out of anger, we often times hurt the ones closest to us because we know that they are the ones that will never leave us.

This is where true love comes in. Not the love in romantic comedies, but actual love, real love, the kind of love that covers our sins, the love that never forgets who we truly are and the good that we have in our hearts.

The engaged couples in my life are a reminder of that vow I took six years ago, a vow to never stop being faithful and loving my spouse. Through his sins, my sins, his inability to appreciate my guilty pleasure of starting way more craft projects than any human can finish, and my inability to appreciate his need to collect power tools in our garage, our love remains. A love that was crafted through a relationship with

Jesus Christ and a love that continues to cover our sins and allows us to walk through this life together. Marriage isn’t a cake walk, it isn’t intended to be, but my husband and I, the newlyweds I know and those about to embark in marriage are never alone in their relationships, God is always there, asking them to allow Him to be present in their lives and their love for one another. 

If you could put the love that God has for you in one word, what would it be?

TO Jesus through Mary-Dana

Image by Alyssa Marie Francis

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