What is a love that endures?

For us it has been a love that has grown stronger over the years, standing the test of time. We laugh together, most times enjoy our time together. We have learned that love does not always have to have it’s own way, to allow each other space to follow our own interests, to grow in our own way.

Leo Tolstoy says “ When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” We’ve learned to appreciate each other as we are, to listen to each other, to try to understand, to encourage, to forgive when we have said or done something that has wounded the other. Jim and I are so different in our likes and dislikes and we’ve learned it’s ok.

We married young, when we think back to our marriage vows, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. I don’t think we really understood what we vowed, but God did! The first 25 years of marriage were without the Lord, our last almost 25 years have been following the Lord, if we had stayed the course of the first 25 we would probably not be together but God called us into His family, and has shown us how important Love and Forgiveness is.

If we were to look for the perfect definition of Love we would go to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 which says

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”

Written by Jim and Sharon Bridge