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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Living on Love

Since the beginning, there has been an inherent need for man to not be alone. This was first seen in the Garden where God observed Adam and determined “it was not good for man to be alone”. So, he created Eve.

This relationship was needed because we are relational beings, created by a relational God for relationship. We see this all around us as people spend their life nourishing this longing, we all have for love.

When found, this relationship is supposed to be forever and it is supposed to represent the fulfilling of the reality, man was not meant to be alone.

Though this is true, it is obvious, in a world where over fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce, relational harmony is not always.

“Living on love”, though intended, needed, and wanted, is not always easy. The irony is living without love is even harder.

In my life I was witness to the search for love by my mother who was married and divorced multiple times. Though, “living on love” was clearly what she sought, the places she looked and the people she found, made loving and being loved almost impossible.

The truth is during all the tough times and darkness we experienced together, my siblings and I would tell you, without hesitation, we were always, “living on love”. Because our mom loved us dearly and we all knew it.

I have been “living on love” for over 43 years now. I have known my wife Bonnie since I was 14 years old, we have been married for forty-two years this week.

As I think about that, I am amazed how our lives have changed over the decades. From young kids who were passionate about each other, to young adults who married at twenty-one and had our first child at twenty-two and our second at twenty-eight.

Our lives have been in a constant state of change since the beginning, and even though we may not have always known it, love has always been the driving force in our relationship.

The difficulties of being so young and married with children made our life together a challenge. Yet, I believe I can say without reservation, the constant has been our love for each other.

So, as I close, I want to thank Bonnie for loving me all these years and I want everyone who should choose to read this to know, “living on love” is not something I did or something we have done together. It is something I am doing, and it is growing more and more with each passing year.

My prayer for everyone is you would find that person God created for you, and I hope you realize it is not good for you to be alone. Then, perhaps you will give someone a chance to share your life and you will know, “living on love” was not only God’s plan for your life.

It is His purpose for us all!!

Colossians 3:14, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

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