One day, a young guy and girl fell in love. But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.
So the young man decided not only to court the girl but to court her parents as well. In time, the parents saw that he was a good man and was worthy of their daughter’s hand.
But there was another problem: The man was a soldier. Soon, war broke out and he was being sent overseas for a year. The week before he left, the man knelt on his knee and asked his lady love, “Will you marry me?” She wiped a tear, said yes, and they were engaged. They agreed that when he got back in one year, they would get married.
But tragedy struck. A few days after he left, the girl had a major vehicular accident. It was a head-on collision. When she woke up in the hospital, she saw her father and mother crying. Immediately, she knew there was something wrong.
She later found out that she suffered brain injury. The part of her brain that controlled her face muscles were damaged. Her once lovely face was now disfigured. She cried as she saw herself in the mirror. “Yesterday, I was beautiful. Today, I’m a monster.” Her body was also covered with so many ugly wounds.
Right there and then, she decided to release her fiancé from their promise. She knew he wouldn’t want her anymore. She would forget about him and never see him again.
For one year, the soldier wrote many letters—but she wouldn’t answer. He phoned her many times but she wouldn’t return her calls. But after one year, the mother walked into her room and announced, “He’s back from the war.” The girl shouted, “No! Please don’t tell him about me. Don’t tell him I’m here!”
The mother said, “He’s getting married,” and handed her a wedding invitation. The girl’s heart sank. She knew she still loved him—but she had to forget him now.
With great sadness, she opened the wedding invitation, only to see her name on it! Confused, she asked, “What is this?” That was when the young man entered her room with a bouquet of flowers. He knelt beside her and asked, “Will you marry me?”
The girl covered her face with her hands and said, “I’m ugly!” The man said, “Without your permission, your mother sent me your photos. When I saw your photos, I realized that nothing has changed. You’re still the person I fell in love with and, you are still as beautiful as ever, because... I love you!”
This is exactly how Christ Jesus loved us! While we were yet lost in sin's ugly clutches, He gave His life for us. He made it possible, for God to see us through His shed blood on the cross, for God to see us beyond what we were, to what we could be in Him.
This kind of love never gives up and it cares more for others than for itself. This kind of love doesn't strut or have a swelled head! This kind of love isn't always saying, "me first," nor does it keep grade others.
This kind of love takes pleasure in a truth that constantly blossoms beyond itself.
It can handle what life dishes out, because this kind of love places its trust in God at all times!
This kind of love will always look for the best in people and circumstances. Come
what may, this kind of love doesn't keep focused on the past events. No, this kind of love keeps moving forward to whatever the end might bring, knowing that Christ will be right there in the midst of everything.
The world does not know, nor can it give this kind of love. For, the world's love is exactly opposite of this kind of allegiance and appreciation!
The young soldier knew who he was and who his beloved was on the inside. None of that changed with the accident and he knew that. He truly knew such love was... this kind of love!
Dear Lord Jesus, I need more of You! I need more of Your love! I need this kind of love in my daily life. I want and need a love that goes beyond my pain and sorrows. A love that will continue to grow and will go beyond my shallow and trivial self. Give me Your love, Lord and help me to spread and always give that love to those I am in contact with. I give you all the Glory, Honor and Praise, for your wondrous love towards me! Amen!