You and I love love. We need it. Crave it. Offer it to our families. And hope to receive it.
We all admire stories demonstrating true love. The kind that is real. Sacrificially given despite difficulty or even tragedy.
One ancient love story is found in the biblical book of Ruth. Having lost her husband, Ruth decided to leave her country Moab and follow her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem. They arrived during the barley harvest, which was ripe for love.
Ruth met a man named Boaz, who was a respected man of God. Ruth sought his favor as a husband based on an ancient custom. The closest kinsman of her deceased husband was to fulfill his duty and marry his deceased family member’s wife. This duty would provide for the widow’s personal and family needs.
Because of Boaz’s faith in God, he chose to fulfill his kinsman duty by loving and marrying Ruth. He wasn’t in it for financial gain. He already had cash! Boaz married Ruth because he loved God and her and knew this was His will for them.
Boaz’s love for Ruth reflects God’s unconditional love for us. There is nothing we can bring to God to convince Him to love us. He loves us because He chooses to. And this is the greatest love story ever:
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NET)
Are you a part of the greatest love story? Do you know He loves you unconditionally? Do you love Him?
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