Saturday, July 14, 2012

After a Breakup: Finding New Hope and New Beginnings

(Photo credit: Dave Frahm)

Breakups are hard. No doubt about it. But as time passes--and with a lot of prayer and telling yourself the truth (like "I am worth being loved well.") things begin to change.

For me, I gound a new perspective on God’s unconditional love. His love is brimming with kindness, compassion and acceptance. It readily forgives and restores. Knowing that, and experiencing that enables you to better love both yourself and others.

“Love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22). Live a life of love with generous, open hands not tightly-closed fists. Giving, not hoarding. Love bravely. Love courageously.

God’s commandments to love one another are not reserved for just a special man in your life. No matter what your marital status, you can share the love you have with everyone, especially those in need.

Hope on. You may have lost a love relationship, but do not lose heart. God is building in you perseverance, character and hope (Romans 5:3-5). God is the author of love, and marriage was his idea in the first place. Trust that if God provides in this area, He will give the person who is best suited for you.

My friend Bobby once gave me a good piece of advice, “You know what kind of guy you want, God knows what kind of guy you need.”

 To me, it is a mystery and a miracle how two people ever get together and stay together. Thankfully, the God we serve is really good at mysteries and miracles. And He excels at new beginnings. Here’s to new hope…and new beginnings!

The best days are ahead.

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