Anonymous asked: How do you know that you and your significant other's love is forever?
When you choose love here on this earth, you choose something temporal. Something that is unsure. It is part of it. Of course, love should be the ability to see other the way I believe Jesus sees them. This gives you so much grace, so much forgiveness, and an ability to be unselfish in your motives. This allows love to last. But still even in this, I can never guarantee forever love from a broken human. This world is broken. I have sin in me until the day I die, as does Ryan. So much could happen. Ryan could pass away. He could fall in love with another person. He probably won’t, but he could. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I choose to love him no matter what….something I will work my hardest to do everyday. Love him the way Jesus loves him.
And even if something happens….. even if our limited human love is not enough…..my identity rests in Christ’s love. His love for me is forever and defines me, nothing else, not even Ryan’s love for me. I know Ryan is human and I know he will make human error sometimes. There is no magic button that insures a happily ever after. Happily ever afters take hard work and hard choices. And Ryan and myself promised to try to allow God to work through us to love one another until the end, but even still……my worth is in Jesus’ forever love, not Ryan’s limited love. One day, Ryan will be able to fully love me the way it was always intended, when all is restored and we can see eachother the way we were always meant to be. But here on earth, we cannot expect that kind of love. And that is self assuring to me. Because I know that Ryan will fail….and it’s not the end of the world. Ryan will not always love me the way I deserve, and I will not always love Ryan the way he deserves. But Jesus loves me the way I deserve, and Ryan one day will, and that is all that matters.
*This is written from a Christian viewpoint. If you do not believe the same way, I totally respect that and think you’re awesome still. This is just me sharing my personal heart on the matter. <3