It's possible to know for certain that God's grace is at work in one's heart, that true love never dies, and that deep hurt can be forgiven. You know this when you hear that people who have hurt you or caused you grief in some way are now hurting themselves. Instead of feeling glad or tasting revenge the only thing you feel is deep sorrow and sadness, and you weep and worry and finally the truth dawns on you. Your own wounds are healing. Forgiveness is flowing. You do not wish them harm or hurt and are regretful that you ever caused them pain in any way yourself. You pray for them and ask for God's grace, not to love them, because you realise that you never stopped loving them. Instead you pray for God's grace to be made real in their lives that they may know His love themselves. Most of all, you learn that whatever the storms of life were and wherever they took you, you have never strayed far from the core of your being. The core that makes its prayer, "Create in me a clean heart, Oh Lord, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation, and renew a right spirit within me". One of my favourite songs based on the Psalms. Always, in my hardest of struggles, this song has brought me comfort and helped me stay the course. Even now, feeling the struggles of others, I feel its comfort. All of life calls us closer to Him, to desiring the purity of our hearts and to living lives of love. Love endures and never fails. No matter if it's bittersweet, I am glad that love never dies.
Thanks for reading,
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