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Excerpt of Autumn's FORGET PARIS:
Learning to Love by Autumn Macarthur
Love should come naturally to us, right?
After all God created us to love one another. He is Love, and we are made in His image. Babies are hardwired to love, responding to human faces right from birth.
Yet sometimes loving can seem the hardest thing to do.
So many of us grow up with misguided ideas about what love is, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. Mainstream films and books and magazine articles can make it seem like falling in love, that heady rush of heightened emotion, mixed with hormones and sexual attraction, is what love is.
Every week, the gossip magazines are full of photos of celebrity weddings. All too often, the same magazines carry stories of the marriage breakdown not too long after, usually explained as “we fell out of love.” And they’re off again, looking for a new better love.
But that kind of love is scary.
Committed love means going deep with someone. It means letting down our defences, opening our hearts to someone, letting them see us as we are. It means risking emotional wounds. It can be terrifying, especially if we’ve been hurt before.
And we’ve all been hurt. Every single one of us has a broken heart, broken by our separation from God. Even when we become believers and accept Jesus as Lord, ending that separation, sometimes we don’t always fully accept His love for us. It’s so big, so vast, so hard to take in that He truly loved us so much that He died for us.
We can float in the sea of His love, but never get wet, never feel loved. That was certainly my experience, for way too many years. I knew in my head that God loved me, but my heart was still starving, hungry for love I wouldn’t let myself believe I was worthy enough to feel.
Zoe thinks she knows all about love. She’s studied it for the past six years. But what she doesn’t know yet is how to feel love, especially God’s love. He has a plan to teach her how to love, as he has a plan for us all. She can only discover what love truly is when she lets God love her, when she accepts just how big and deep and wide His love is, and lets Him into her heart, not just her mind. Then she discovers that love is a choice, a choice she can keep making, a choice to commit, both her heart to God and her life to the man she marries. Only God can transform her stony, stubborn heart, and show her what love really is.
As He longs to do that for us, too.
And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 11:19 NLT
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Author's Bio:Autumn Macarthur is an Australian writer of inspirational romance living near London with her very English husband, three spoiled cats, and a guinea pig with a dandelion addiction. She loves reading, cooking, gardening, and writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be.
She tends to talk a little too much and laugh a little too loud, her sleep schedule is all over the place so you’ll often find her on the Internet at 5am, and she’s grateful to be blessed with some good friends and a very patient husband. She’s also eternally thankful for God’s great love and mercy.
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