The kind of love that God has shown me through Christ is the kind of love that I deserve from a man of God. I do not have to sacrifice my body, or give in to lustful pleasures to please a man because Jesus already sacrificed His body. He ignored His pain, His needs, and His desires in order to give me a better future. So, the man who loves me like Christ loved the church should be willing to ignore his so-called needs until we are married, in order to ensure that we both have a better future together. And, I do not have to compromise because I am God's child.
I do not have to be someone that I am not to get another person to love me because Jesus loves me just as I am. I am not perfect, and I never will be on this side of Heaven. But, I am unique, and God gave me my character and personality. God has not asked me to be perfect. He has asked me to show love through obedience. Even though, God knows I am not perfect, I am still a part of His family, and when He sees me through Jesus' eyes, washed in Jesus' blood, He sees perfection. I still struggle to be all that God wants me to be through the imperfect circumstances of life; yet God shows me that He still loves me even in the hardest times. So, the man who loves me like Christ loves the church should accept me for who I am as long as I am living for God, in obedience to His Will and working for His Kingdom. If he does not, then it is not love, not God-love.
When I lean and trust solely in God and stop looking around at others and start looking up, I am satisfied in the joy of my salvation. I have to stop looking at what I am not and focus on who I am; the person that God made me to be. I have to stop looking at what I do not have and start praising for what I do have. You cannot worship in sprit and in truth when you are living a lie. The truth is that I am worthy of more than I have given myself credit for, but I did not comprehend my worth until I met a Man who knew everything about me. I will no longet thirst for a man to fill my needs. I have met the Living Water, and He has quenched my thirst. Ms. EV