The Man Who Said It and Meant It.

“I love you. I will do what it takes to make this work. I just want to be with you.”

For over a year, I’ve been in an international long-distance relationship, just waiting for the day he would come home and I could finally see his face again. As I lay in bed the other night, those are the words I wanted to hear.

I know that those things are true of my boyfriend, but sometimes I don’t feel it. I want affirmation. I want to hear it. Not that I doubt him, but that a dating relationship is not a promise. It’s a pretty low-level commitment. Things can change. I want to know it’s going to work out and that this guy will keep saying these things for the rest of our lives.

As I examined my thoughts, I asked myself, “What does my heart want to hear?” The desire of my heart, like most of my fellow human beings are things like:

“You’re worth it.”
“I will love you until the end of time.”
“I’d take a bullet for you.”
“No matter what you do, I’ll always love you.”
“We can make it through anything together.”
“I would give my life to save yours.”

Do you feel it too? Did you heart jump a little when you read this? Maybe it doesn’t need to be in these exact words, but the deep and intimate and sure bond with another is something we desire from the depths of our souls. These are the things I long to hear but barely dare to believe if I did hear them. This is what my heart aches for.

Is this too much? It is it possible? It sounds too good to be true. A love that will never fail or forsake us. A love that is so wide, so high and so deep we can barely fathom it. A love that will go to any length for the sake of the beloved.

I don’t think anyone could do this for me. No man can fulfill this desire. There is not a human on earth that won’t let down the one they love at one time or another. I realized I can’t put all this on him (or even on a husband).   It may even be that things don’t work out and we break up at some point. Where then can my heart go to be satisfied?

And then He whispered to my heart: come to me.

There is one. At the cost of sounding like a huge cheeseball, this is Jesus. He is the one who can say all these things and really mean it.

“You’re worth it.”
He gave up everything to restore me to relationship with Him and to make me worthy.

“I will love you until the end of time.”
And longer. His love never fails.

“I’d take a bullet for you.”
He forsook the wealth, comfort and glory of His throne to endure poverty, sickness, ridicule, sorrows, hunger, disrespect, injustice and death.

“No matter what you do, I’ll always love you.”
His compassion never fails, his mercies are new every morning. Nothing can separate us from His love—not life or death, angels or demons, height or depth, or any power.

“We can make it through anything together.”
He is our strength in weakness, our light in the darkness, our hope in the hopelessness: he never fails.

“I would give my life to save yours.”
He already did. While we were still enemies, Jesus died on the cross so we could receive salvation from sin and new life in Him and with Him.

How marvellous, how wonderful, is my Saviour’s love for me!

And so, as I considered how Jesus is offering all my heart aches to received, I was filled with a sense of gratitude and joy. My heart can be satisfied in His love. I am known. I am loved. I am free.  

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