Companionship is a beautiful thing, and to desire a loving healthy marriage is not wrong at all, but before and after any relationship begins, we must remember that as well as we think we know that person, and as well we think they know us, only the Lord knows the depths of our hearts. Only our relationship with Jesus provides us with an Eternal love more sustaining than any other love. This is not to say you should not desire romantic love. The Old Testament book Song of Solomon is a perfect example of how romantic love is not a taboo subject to God, and there are many other instances in Scripture where marriage and love are both exemplified and written about specifically. However, within the canon of Scripture, we also find this important truth: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:17

There is nothing that holds us together like Jesus. There is nothing and no one that can wrap us in perfect, everlasting love unless it comes from our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hold onto this as you pursue a romantic love relationship or you seek to grow closer to God in the one you’re already in. No matter where the two of you are on this journey, it will always be Jesus that holds you together.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

Let this be our prayer:

Dear God,

When I have worried my way
into arms of beating waves,
And I have cried out for help
To those that looked the other way,
And when I have gone too deep
Under the weight of a tireless sea,
And I am weary
and swimming is tolling on me,
Help me.
May this alarming truth ring over me:
You will always be
The One who comes to rescue me.

In Jesus’ name I pray,
Amen.

We will get tired. We will at times feel like we are sinking and there is no possible way we can make it safely to shore. But this is when we look to the Lord. It is not wrong to ask Him for help. It doesn’t make us weak, but it makes us strong, because our strength comes from Christ alone.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

You can make mental transcripts of conversations past and you can hold onto photographs and screenshots just for memory’s sake, but no matter how much those things meant back then and no matter what they mean now, only what you find in Word of Lord will fill the void in your heart. So hide His Word in your heart. When you start thinking about things that used to make you happy years ago that aren’t apart of your life anymore, and when you start to wonder what you’re missing, don’t look back. Look up. Look up to your Father, who has given you His Word. Look up to your Father who sent His only Son Jesus Christ to save your soul so you could spend Eternity with Him. Look up to One who gave you His Word, so you could hide it in your heart.

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. - Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬

Let this keep your heart steady. Let this keep you on stable ground whether you’re minutes or miles away from stumbling again. Your past is apart of who you are but it is not all that you are. All you are is in Him, whose Word is the final and most valuable word in your life.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

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