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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Book of Ruth: Finding #Love The Biblical Way {Why Love?}

I am a romantic at heart. No, I am not a romance novelist. However, every book that I have written has a romantic element. I am a fan of love. I love seeing happy couples together and cringe when I see unhappy couples tolerating one another—I see that a lot. When I read the book of Ruth, I was fascinated. They actually dated in biblical times. Who knew? Seriously, I read it and I want to share what I learned. I don’t know how long this series will last, but I will keep going until it is done.

You have probably realized what I have come to accept. That love makes the world go round. Life means very little if it is a life without love.  All love is good love when it is done the right way—including romantic love. Some of us are romantics at heart. Some of us are called to have a lover. Some of us have needs.

I will admit that it is subjective. Some people aren’t called to be a Boaz or a Ruth. And those that are called to be lovers are told that it is better to be a pimp, cougar, sugar momma, sugar daddy, or a hot girl. 

That is what the world teaches.

The world teaches that it is okay to look for love in all the wrong places. If you are a man or woman with more than one partner, you are the alpha. The mighty lion of love. The goddess to be worshipped. Never mind the possibility of breaking a heart—in particular your heart—and catching a disease. But hey, that is the loveless world that we live in. Where bad is the new good.

But that is not who we are.

Some of us are musicians, singers, artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, mechanics, and preachers and so on. We want to have an excellent spirit. This excellent spirit will not only bring you joy, but it will bring you prosperity too. But you can’t have an excellent spirit without the spirit of love. If you want to do well in your field there has to be a substantial amount of love involved.

The same is true in a relationship, for that relationship to prosper, there has to be a substantial amount of love. True love. The kind of love that Boaz and Ruth had.  

There are some people who have many things and nothing at all. They have physical riches, but they do not have true riches. See true riches go beyond the material. Treasures are stored up in heaven and trickle down here on earth. That is why humble mother, who lives in a mobile home with wood built onto it by her husband, can be happy. They live in a house that some would look down upon, yet they are happy because their house has a foundation of love. As opposed to famous mother, who marries a rich sports star. Her husband has built her a huge beach home, but he has a few video girls on the side. Famous mother may have riches and fame but humble mother doesn’t care, because she recognizes that there is no point in having prosperity without peace of mind. You can put a price on many things but you can’t put a price on peace of mind.

Next Time: Why Ruth?