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Genuine Love When Life is Hard

Friday - May 22nd

Today's Scripture to Read: Romans 12:9-10


Love each other with genuine affection,

and take delight in honoring each other.

Romans 12:10

Loving someone when life is overwhelming them is one of the toughest things any of us will ever do. But genuine love for someone doesn't shrink back as circumstances get complicated. The people we care about know how much we do care when they face the most significant challenges of their lives. How would those closest to you say you love them during life's toughest times?

Just over six months ago, Chase and Sadie met at a swim meet in the early part of their senior year of high school. They exchanged phone numbers and soon went on their first date. They quickly became close. Chase shared with Sadie that he had been battling cancer since he was 12. He explained that the cancer had been manageable for a few years, but it had made his life incredibly difficult. Their love grew. Both families were firm in their Christian faith, so Chase and Sadie founded their budding romance in Christ's love.

Unfortunately, in March of this year, Chase's symptoms returned, and doctors found several tumors on his brain. On April 24, Chase was given 3 to 5 months to live. Sadie and Chase made a decision. At 18 years of age, they would get married. They told their parents that they wanted a wedding that would publically express their love for each other and their faith in God. 

"I told them how much Sadie had changed my life. I told them how much I loved her, how special she had been to me, the simple fact that there is nobody I've been able to open up about my personal life and cancer journey like I'm able to with her," Chase said about their talk with their parents. "She is able to calm me down in a lot of scenarios when nobody else can."

"He was so sweet. He's very polite. He's a good Christian boy," Sadie explained. "We just fell in love with each other and each other's personalities. Now, he is all that matters to me."

Their families stood by their decision, and the two high school sweetheart were married in her parents' driveway.

Undoubtedly, their journey ahead will not be easy. But Chase and Sadie have chosen to love each other even through the pain Chase is beginning to experience. 

Romans 12:9-10 in the New Living Translation says, "Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. ...Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." Tough times call for genuine love. We should delight in honoring those we love, even when it is challenging. 

Who in your life that you care about is facing overwhelming circumstances right now? How can you show them genuine affection? How can you honor them and find delight in it? Make the choice to do something practical for them today that will remind them that you love them - that God loves them.

Today, let's pray for Chase and Sadie. Let's pray God blesses the time they have to fall deeper in love with each other and share their faith with others!

When the people we love the most wrestle with pain and trouble, we need to be there, loving them with genuine affection.


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