with abandon

When God plans a wedding day, two people set their lives aside for one another willingly and with great enthusiasm, knowing that every challenge and difficulty in doing so only serves to strengthen their future marriage relationship. God never wastes a test of patience.

The final piece of God’s poetic love is outrageous generosity. God wants to build lovers who love as He does – with abandon. They give everything, with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. They sacrifice and face the most challenging difficulties for the “joy set before them” (see Hebrews 12:2).

Before you get married, learn to give everything – and learn to give as if giving were the greatest pleasure, because it is. Learn to stop figuring what you should be getting out of the deal. Learn to give without a required payback. Learn to give simply because God as given so much to you.

A Perfect Wedding, by Eric and Leslie Ludy, p.17

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