Whew! This has convicted me and raised that flame a little higher.
Recently I planned and hosted a dinner party for my sister and my brother in law. At this dinner, my ex-ex-boyfriend of 4 years who my family absolutely adores had to be on the guest list, as they missed him. So, to please my family, I invited him to come. Throughout the dinner, wedding jokes arose, and many other pressures of us being together forever came along.
I used to love him.
In this world, he still is dreamy.
Responsible, as he works hard, knows how to save money, just bought a brand new car and put a substantial amount of money down on it. Lives alone without any assistance. Just got a degree as an engineer. Stated multiple times how he would take care of me, how I wouldn’t have to work, and support me financially for my master’s or fashion school, whether it be in Dallas, or New York. Tall, dark, and handsome Somalian man, who is the most gentle and loving soul that I have ever met on this earth.
Sounds good right? So what’s wrong?
He doesn’t fit the first thing, and seriously in this generation, the ONLY thing on my list.
1. Must love Jesus
Pretty crafty huh? I say that because I didn’t want to put, “must believe in God,” due to a lot of Christian guys possibly slipping through. As one prior to being really saved, I identified myself as a Christian, but was most definitely a daughter of Satan.
John 8:44 says, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
As much as I still care about this guy, I verbally battle with family, associates, and co-workers, that I can not be unequally yoked with anyone. No offense to him. Jesus to him was only a prophet, and to me Jesus is the Messiah.
In my last relationship I dated another guy (that stated he was a Christian) who consistently hurt me. One day I said to him, if you loved God you wouldn’t do this to me. It finally dawned on me that when you love God, your heart is softened, and you are changed because of the Holiness that resides in you. And in the boundaries of relationships, if you love God, you would not seek to dishonor or hurt one in any way. Plus, once I was saved, love became real, and I understood what it meant, as I knew the creator and very essence of love.
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May God’s grace be with you all!