“God’s Love Grows a New Love”
By Roy Anklam
Newberry Correctional Facility, Newberry, MI
I have been married to my wife now for over 15 years (Aug. 28 will be 16 years). But she said something to me I didn’t understand. I had a visit with my beautiful wife back in October of 2017.
She said, “I love you more now than I have ever loved you.” I didn’t understand what she meant by this. In fact I said “Are you saying you didn’t love me?” I thought that she loved me with her whole heart. At least that is what she told me in the past.
But then I realized that she was falling more in love with me because Christ had been accepted into my heart a few years before. She could finally see the transformation work that was happening to me. It is so rewarding for the love of your life to see that. But nothing changed for me. My love for her was the same. I didn’t understand if hers was changing, why mine didn’t change.
She lives in another state so I get to see her twice a year. She came back in May 2018 for my 40th birthday. I felt the butterflies in my stomach when she came into the room. She was glowing and the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. In the past six months she had been talking about God more. She took Him out of the box she keeps Him in. I am not ashamed to admit this, but for the first time in our marriage I asked her to pray with me.
She said, “I have always wanted you to pray with me.”
Boy, I felt like I let her dope not having a prayer life with her. When she left it was like part of me left. Then it hit me, I loved her more than ever before a new type of love. I loved the Christ in her.
What I have learned through this teaching moment is that you might think that you love someone with your whole heart but not until you allow God to love them in your heart. There is a whole new love my wife and I have for each other because we see and feel the love of Christ in each other. If we would all learn to love the Christ in each other more than we could make our lives and others lives around us much happier. And live in the love God intended us to live in. Real 100% genuine love. And you will also learn that God’s love grows a new love you never even knew existed.