Leftover Love

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace,
along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 ESV

Your Heart’s Cry

Don’t judge me because I sleep around. I know some think it’s not right, but I’m tired of waiting for “ever after.” I’m OK with sharing for a season. I’m old enough to know love doesn’t last, and marriage is just the precursor to divorce. So why wait? What is the purpose of wasting my single years in obscurity? Why should I date with self-imposed limitations? My bed is big enough for two, so why not find someone to share it with? Who are you to judge me? If I’m not sleeping with your spouse then there shouldn’t be a problem. I love being loved so what’s so bad about that?

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word (Psalm 119:37 NIV).

His Reply

Love is free for you to give and receive, but intimacy is something to be valued. Intimacy allows someone into a place few should have the privilege of peeking into. The more people you let in, the less treasured this place becomes. You are a treasure worth preserving. Do you undermine your worth for momentary pleasure? Purity is not a punishment; purity is an investment. It is an investment in something of great value. It is an investment in yourself.

Ruth found her Boaz, but she had to be willing to go by way of waiting, trial, and testing. This is not to discourage you, but are in place to equip you with the character and attitude needed to enter covenant with another. Seek Me with the intensity with which you currently seek your lovers. I am the Lover of your soul, and My love is never abusive, tainted, or leftover. My love is pure and specifically for you.

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.