A Love Worth Fighting For (8/20/13)

Read: Esther 8:1-10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 21:23-24

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7)

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Relate: I have a guilty pleasure. I like to read a lot. No, that isn’t the guilty pleasure. It is just setting the stage. If you jump down on the right side of this blog you can see stuff on my “to read” list. Feel free to buy me some books. I will love you forever.

No, reading isn’t my guilty pleasure. Reading Nicholas Sparks is my guilty pleasure. I don’t know too many guys that are willing to admit to something like that. Once or twice a year I’m going to get my hands on a Dear John or A Walk To Remember or A Bend In the Road and lose myself in it for a day or two. I don’t know an author who seems to embody this verse in his writing more than Sparks. He gets two people to fall in love and then throws the book at them… quite literally. How will this couple survive the time, distance, differences, and disastrous circumstances he will throw their way? Ladies, I’m sure many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Guys, man up. Find some closet space, grab a book, get in there and read it whenever nobody’s around. You’ll be glad you did. (I’m just not sure how glad I am to admit that.)

React: What makes great literature and cinema great is that it illustrates an eternal truth or longing that resonates within each one of us.  A common theme for Hollywood is that we were made for something more. We have an untapped potential and a cause worth fighting for. (Think Avengers, Hunger Games, Lincoln, Hobbit, Dark Knight, Spider Man, Brave…) Another theme often laced through these movies, a theme that Sparks is so much more blatant in developing, is that there is a love worth fighting for. For Batman it’s a city, Spidey fights for Mary Jane and Katniss for Primrose. Bella can’t make up her mind who she’s fighting for and she sure has a lot of angst but the redeeming factor here is that literally everybody else is fighting for Bella.

There is a love worth fighting for. There is a love worth sacrificing for. It is your love. He sacrificed the comfort and luxury of heaven. He traveled the ends of the universe to become someone like you. He chose to wander homeless, often not knowing where the next meal was coming from in the hopes that what he said and did would somehow grab hold of your soul and capture your heart. Ultimately he willingly laid down his life, dying an excruciating death so that you might be free. His love never gives up and never loses faith. He still holds out hope and he has endured every circumstance to demonstrate his love for you. After all that, will you love him in return?

Respond: 

God, I am so thankful that You fought for me. You bled and died out of love for me. When I think of You, and then I look at me… it is mind boggling. It should have been the other way around. You are the one worthy of love and adoration. I’m just… me. I know You’ve done all the work. You’ve done all the heavy lifting, but help me to love You more. Help me to live with even a shadow of the incomparable devotion You have showered on me. Help me to follow You a little better. Help me to love You a little more.

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26 thoughts on “A Love Worth Fighting For (8/20/13)

  1. Wonderful! Those verses about love are among my very favorites. Love truly is all of those things. Haven’t read Sparks in quite a while, but I agree with you about his writing. Definitely need the tissues for Dear John too!

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  3. You are very right, many men would never cop to reading Sparks. To be even more truthful, I do not believe I have ever read any either. I love all kinds of books, but lately I have been focusing on the silly to the silly icky. I seem to need to read books that have no thought process at all. But that is okay because I love to read and I am lucky enough to have the time to read more then others do. God has blessed me with a wonderful family who understand that there are times I need to get away into my make-believe world of books.

  4. I LOVE Nicholas Sparks!!!!!!! And The Notebook is my favorite! I also love reading and Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors too. I love how you connected it with God too. 🙂 That also happens to be one of my favorite verses from the bible (1 Corinthians 13:7) and the other verses are awesome too. You are right about what makes great literature and cinema too. To sum it up I pretty much like everything about this blog post!

  5. Went to reblog this for my Great Blogs blog but it went directly into My Journey blog so deleted only to find I cannot reblog a second time to put it in the right place 😦 Great Blog!

  6. The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose writings “light up the dark corners of our minds”, I thought of you! May God continue to lead and guide you in all that you do and may you continue to glorify Him. You can find the details for receiving this award by following this linkhttp://livlight.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/the-sunshine-award/

  7. Real men can acknowledge they read Nicholas Sparks! I love you, BJ, in a very virtual, non sacrificing way…only Jesus REALLY TRULY LOVES….we can hope (in the confident biblical sense) and pray and respond that somehow we allow His Holy Spirit to love others through us in like manner!
    P.S. Your transparency reminds me of my husband….so appealing!

  8. Reblogged this on whitehousesouth and commented:
    Yes, I’m re-posting another blog from one of my favorite bloggers- BJ. He’s a better writer than I am and frankly, until I’m part time again I just don’t have time! Lol! Another beautiful song and prayer is included, as well! How blessed we are to know the love of Jesus!

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