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Series: Luis Palau | Love and Marriage

Love and marriage are huge parts of our lives, yet even though nearly everyone desires to love and be loved, this world is full of broken relationships. On "Reaching your World" Luis Palau points out what the Bible says about true love.

Nothing can Separate You Friday, October 16, 2020

Have you ever wondered if you were too far gone? I know I have. When I was in my twenties, I was working in Boston, far from home and family, and I had completely turned my back on Christ. I was living for myself, partying, and drinking too much and all the rest – all the common things of this world. Every time a friend tried to talk to me about Jesus, the guilt of my choices kept me from following Him. Thankfully, my friends and family never stopped praying, and I was able to give my life to Christ. When I did finally receive Jesus into my heart, I realized that despite my behavior, God had never stopped loving me. God never turned His back on me. Even on the nights when I was broken, alone, and living in complete sin, God was there – I just hadn’t opened my eyes to it.

Maybe you’re somebody who is struggling right now. Perhaps you’ve turned your back on Christ. Whatever your situation is, I promise you, nothing you have done is too much for God’s forgiveness. God sent His one and only Son to fix our situation. When Jesus came and died on the cross, He did so so that we could be forgiven and live in a relationship with God once again. The Bible says in Romans 8:39 that “nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God.”

This is Andrew Palau.

Real Love Thursday, October 15, 2020

I’ve talked before about a “God-shaped hole.” It’s a funny term, but it describes the needs that each of us have which only God’s love can fulfill. Deep within our soul, we long to know God’s love. We long to be accepted just as we are. But sometimes, we mistake this longing and latch on to counterfeit love from another person. We try to fill our “God-shaped hole” with another person’s love or approval. The trouble is, when we derive our sense of worth, or value, or get our needs filled from another human, we will always be let down. Even if the relationship or friendship lasts, at one point or another, we will experience a disappointment.

So, how can we avoid feeling despair when this happens? Well, if we’re followers of Christ we can make sure it doesn’t happen by remembering daily God’s love, and getting our worth and value from Him!

Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Friend, we don’t have to earn God’s love—and He will never let us down. I urge you today to let God fill your “God-shaped hole.” Share with those around you about His consistent, unending love.

This is Luis Palau.

God's Love doesn't Fail Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Technology is amazing! We often take for granted things like turning on a light, or instantly heating the stove, or even asking Siri for directions. Technology sure has made life easier, but when it fails, it can really mess things up.

A few years ago, a winter storm caused power to go out on a friend of mine. During that time, he couldn’t watch TV, cook, or even read in bed at night. Technology had failed him. And you know, at some point or another, whether it’s technology, or a person in our life who lets us down, we will all experience something that fails us. But, did you know that while most things in this life will fail at some point, God’s love NEVER fails? I Corinthians tells us: "Love never fails." Can you imagine? We are used to things going wrong or failing - Electricity. Food. Cars. Jobs. Relationships. We start to expect failure. But what joy it is to know that true love never fails. And, because God IS love, we can trust Him. He will not fail.

There is nothing more attractive to those who don’t know Jesus Christ than His unfailing love. Will you share it today? Tell them He showed His love by going to a cross, giving His own blood to forgive our sins, and then rising from the dead to give us the assurance of eternal life. Now that is the love of a true, divine friend.

This is Luis Palau.

Marriage and Happiness Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A reporter once asked an interviewee, “why do you want to get married?” to which the interviewee replied, “well, I want to be happy.” As it turns out, this idea — that marriage is about making you happy is common in this day and age. Turn on any Hollywood “romantic comedy” and you’ll see someone looking for marriage to complete them or make them happier. In other words, popular culture views marriage as something that is self-seeking. There are many problems with this way of thinking; one is that when conflict arises, or someone in the marriage decides they are no longer “happy,” they feel entitled to a divorce. This is all so destructive.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wife, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word…” According to this message of love and marriage, husbands are called to love selflessly in the image of Christ. In the same way, women are called to respect and love their husbands—also bearing Christ’s image. This paradigm requires us to have a servant’s heart towards our spouse—even when we’re not necessarily happy. This week, I urge you to love your spouse. Perhaps your marriage can show Christ to other couples in your life.

This is Luis Palau.

Love is not all you Need Monday, October 12, 2020

In today’s culture, there’s a popular mantra that says, “Love is all you need.” Hollywood movies urge people to find their “soul mate.” They advertise passionate romance, and then often depict fiery breakups.

I recently shared a message at a wedding of a young couple I have known for quite some time. One thing that stood out to me was that this couple had a genuine understanding that even though they loved each other very much, they were not getting married because they felt they needed each other’s love. Rather, they were entering into a holy union with Jesus Christ, where their first goal was to serve Him and share His love with others together. There’s a special pleasure when a husband and wife work for the kingdom and lead people to Jesus Christ as a couple.

The truth is, no amount of love from another person can replace the significance of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” So, whether you are single and looking, or married for years, or somewhere in between — I urge you to put your focus on God’s love today. Tell others about it!

This is Luis Palau.

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