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“Mawage. Mawage is what brings us togethah today…… wuv, twoo wuv will follow you forevah…..so treasure your wuv….” – Princess Bride. A comedy from 1987. Oldy but goodie!
It’s a typical romance comedy. There’s a girl and two boys fighting for the girl. Which one does the girl love and which boy is going to get the girl in the end? Well, I like happy endings, so the girl gets the boy she loves and the boy overpowers the other boy. Twu Wuv wins in the end!! Throw in funny one liners and you have your comedy. It may be a little hokey for some, but with the right sense of humor, you’ll have a good laugh and a happy heart by the end.
Towards the end of the movie is a wedding scene. The not nice boy is forcing the pretty girl to marry him. The wedding is in a beautiful cathedral church and the priest is in his finest robe. The priest’s lack of the correct pronunciation of the words adds comic relief to a tense situation. Spoiler alert! The ceremony gets interrupted and she marry’s her twu wuv in the end.
Prince Humperdinck (the not nice boy) tries to force his love, overpower opposition and demand his way. Westley (the boy who gets the girl in the end) loves gently, does not pressure yet sacrifices his life for the one he loves. He was patient and waited until she was ready. He was kind even when she did not understand why he was being so kind. His love for her gave him joy that produced peace in knowing that one day he would marry her. He was patient when she pushed him away and forced him to leave. He was gentle when they reconnected. Protected her when they were in danger. He had self-control and patience when rescuing her from Prince Humperdinck. Does any of this sound familiar?
God gave us the ultimate gift of love in His Son. That’s not all. Jesus loves you and me. Not just any love, but a deep, love you forever, don’t want to live my life without you kind of love. He doesn’t want to live without you!! He loves you so deeply, He desires and delights in you.
A few years ago, I was talking to a mom with adult children. We were talking about raising teenagers. At that time, I was hoping I would survive the teenage years. She nodded her head in agreement and commented, “Love them through the dumb.” I laughed at first, then let the meaning sink in. Teenagers’ brains are not fully developed until they are in their twenties. Until then, they make unusually dumb choices. We just need to love them through the dumb and pray they come out alive on the other side.
I’m pretty sure Jesus is loving us through our dumb and protecting us until we get to the other side!
When asked, “What is true love?” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 is a known answer. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” The Fruit of the Spirit overlaps this description of love; Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. There is no law against these things.
Love is more than an emotion. While love is an action, it’s also the core of who you are. The core of the abundant life we are created to live. Take a moment and reread the above paragraph. Go ahead, reread it! I’ll wait.
We have been gifted and graced with the wholeness of God’s love bundled up and implanted within us. Love is easy when life is going well and you have little adversity around you. Love is a decision and choice when life is hard and we don’t think we have it within us to love. Love within us is anchored deeper when we love as Christ loved us.
Love is …….. (fill in the blank)
Twu Wuv comes from our Heavenly Father, embeds within us and expels through us as we live with a purpose to love as He loves us.
Thanks for sharing this moment with me. We are in this together, in love, in Him.
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