The scripture for today, January 16 (1/16), is Ruth 1:16ff as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
Although Ruth was talking to her mother-in-law after the death of her husband (Naomi’s son), this can be and sometimes is quoted by the bride and groom at their wedding. If only it were quoted more often. Not only at weddings, but at anniversaries. At birthdays of children and parents. During arguments, and low times and hard times and discouraging times.
Even deeper, it could be said when Satan attacks us. Just change you to him. Don’t urge me to leave him or to turn back from him. Where he goes, I will go, and where he stays, I will stay. His people will be my people and God will always be my God.
These are the words of love ~ deep genuine, unselfish love. Let us so love one another that deeply. Let us love our God that deeply.
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