June 28, 2021

Is Love Blind?

Lorenzo & Jessica, Merchant of Venice

They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as parents spare their children who serve them.
Malachi 3:17
Love is blind. It's a saying virtually all speakers of English know and use on occasion. It's actually part of a line from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: "But love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit." So, if love is blind, and God is love, is God blind?

The answer, of course, is No. God is not blind, nor is God indifferent to our follies—even those that we think quite pretty. Occasionally we encounter someone who declares their love for another before they've gotten to know them. More often than not, the person at the receiving end is put off by such a declaration, for how deep can such a love truly be? To know someone on the surface, and to love the public persona is common. But to love more deeply once the secrets of the heart have been revealed—that is true love.

And such is the love of God, who forgives us as parents do their children. God knows who we are and accepts us. God did not wait until we cleaned up our act before deciding to make us part of the family, but embraced us when we were at our lowest point. We were beloved then, and God will see the relationship through to the end—because human love is blind, but the love of God knows us for who we are.

He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.
 Ephesians 1:5
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Your love, O God, is broad like beach and meadow,
wide as the wind, and an eternal home.
You leave us free to seek you or reject you,
you give us room to answer Yes or No. 
 Anders Frostenson (Fred Kaan, transl.)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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