Real Love series.

Love is felt and experienced in so many different ways. But the question remains about what real love truly is. I thought I knew love, but it always failed me, let me hurt, rejected or feeling like I was never enough. Movies like the Notebook (classic!) and other romantic dramas try to teach us about what love is. Or even the relationships between our friends or family members, are the best examples of what love truly is. Apart from knowing that real love rescues, the second thing I learnt about real love, is that it heals.

Real Love HEALS.

I want to talk to you from the story of King David. A king that saw Israel in to it's golden age of rulership, wealth and a time of peace for this nation. From his early shepherding boy days, David was a king in the making and a great testament to the power of the LORD God of Israel, Yahweh. Many of you would be familiar with the triumphs and victories of David's. But I want to share from a time in his life, when he had made a string of bad decisions. Decisions that led to death in his life.

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 

David wrote this Psalm when his adultery with Bathsheba, their pregnancy and the murder of her husband, Uriah was exposed. God had sent the prophet Nathan as God’s messenger to rebuke David and tell him of the consequences. Scholars tell us that it was at this time in David’s life, which was considered to be the most blemishing upon his character. Can you imagine having your whole life assessed, critiqued, observed and concluded with what time in your life your character was the absolute worst? ouch... Not even great earthly kings can escape judgement from selfish ambition or just plain bad decision making. 

Like David, our hearts are broken because of the choices we have made. In the moment, it felt good, or seemed right. Maybe we even felt like we had no choice but to choose what we did, but that is a false reality. There is always another choice, the outcome might just be much harder to bear. What was the decision made that led to the death of something in your life? 

Or maybe, just like Bathsheba, the choices that were made for you have left you broken and in despair. She acted out of submission to her king. Can you imagine trying to refuse a king back in the ancient world? Not to imply that David was a a cruel king, but to think about what was going on in her mind when she was summoned by the king to his chambers...

We live in a cruel world. You may have had something unspeakable done to you and you felt helpless because you had no control over the situation. Australian Statistics say that 1 in 6 women have experienced Domestic Violence from a current or former partner and sadly, 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.1 These statistics represent real situations, real women and very real hearts. 

Your situation might have to do with drugs, stealing, sexual promiscuity, depression, anxiety, suicidal urges, grief and loss, desperate health or family situations or you are simply just not sure about what real love is... But know that your situation isn't the focus of the eyes of God. Your heart is. He sees you and there is always hope with Him. He can heal you from the inside out and from that cause your circumstances to change.

God loves you even through the ugliest and darkest of times. I know this because he loved me right through mine... and he loved me to back to life from a broken heart.

1 Business Insider Australia, Paul Colgan, "These new stats reveal the horrifying scale of domestic violence in Australia." September 2015. (Accessed 11 May 2016) Available from: 

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