Relationally Satisfied

Now, as in Christ’s day, the condition of society presents a sad comment upon heaven’s ideal of [marriage]. Yet even for those who have found bitterness and disappointment where they had hoped for companionship and joy, the gospel of Christ offers a solace. The patience and gentleness which His Spirit can impart will sweeten the bitter lot. The heart in which Christ dwells will be so filled, so satisfied, with His love that it will not be consumed with longing to attract sympathy and attention to itself. And through the surrender of the soul to God, His wisdom can accomplish what human wisdom fails to do. Through the revelation of His grace, hearts that were once indifferent or estranged may be united in bonds that are firmer and more enduring than those of earth—the golden bonds of a love that will bear the test of trial. – {MB 65.2}

Ephesians 3:19 – To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge…

So often what I hear on Facebook boils down to, “Look at me, pay attention to me, and love me.” Maybe it’s even me too, and I can’t tell because of my own tunnel vision. Our mistake is that others can’t provide the solace and solution that we deeply desire. We must look elsewhere.

The love that God offers us is so deep that it can fill even the deep chasm of an empty marriage. It can remove the edge from an unfulfilled singleness. It can release us from a vague need for social approval and fulfillment.

With God I can do all things… including being relationally satisfied.

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