In the Bible, love is described as patient, kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. It is also said that love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
So, can true love fail?
The answer is no, love itself is not flawed. People who love each other are flawed.
The title of this blog explores the possibility of true love existing alongside snake spirits. It asks the question of whether or not these two seemingly opposing forces can coexist.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Paul writes:
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
Paul is not saying that believers should not interact with unbelievers at all. He is simply saying that they should not be unequally yoked with them. This means that believers should not enter into close relationships with unbelievers. You are fundamentally incompatible and
that could lead you to compromise your beliefs or values.
Here are some signs of relationships that challenge your beliefs and values:
They invite you to do things that are questionable or wrong.
They pressure you to do things that you are uncomfortable with or full of temptation.
They make comments that make you feel guilty or ashamed for your Bible beliefs.
They question your choices and make you feel like you have a lack of freedom.
They make smart remarks about the church and the people.
They slowly try to introduce you to activities that keep you from church.
Here are a few tips:
Set boundaries. Let people know what you are and are not willing to do.
Be assertive. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and your beliefs.
Don't be afraid to walk away. If someone is not willing to respect your boundaries, then you may need to distance yourself from them or walk away if they are not willing to change their behavior.
Surround yourself with people who support and respect you and your beliefs.
Putting God first in your life is not always easy. But it is worth it. When you put God first, you are putting your trust in the One who loves you more than anyone else. And when you do that, you can never go wrong. Our love for the people in our lives will be rooted in something more powerful than ourselves.