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God's Love At The Well (2 of 4)
Series: Desperate Women
OPEN: A couple of years ago, a company out of Bethesda, Maryland put out a series of romantic greeting cards they called the "Secret Lover Collection". The cards had a very specific audience. One of the 24 cards in the series read this way:
"My soul has been searching for you since I came into this world. All my life I have had this emptiness inside, like a part of me was missing and I was incomplete... And now I can't imagine my life without you ... Even if I have to share you."
Even if I have to share you?
This is a series of cards aimed at the Extramarital affair crowd. The company that put these cards out thought there would be a market for this kind of affair driven greeting card because - (according to their research) anywhere from…
25 to 60 % of men in the nation were fooling around, and
12 to 40 % of women (depending on what statistics you believe) engage in adultery.
Several experts (a psychologist, sexologist among others) commented on the cards saying they didn't think it would catch on because the nature of a "secret affair" is… keeping it secret. And a collection of romantic cards from an immoral relationship is not a good way to do that. (based on an article by Alex Johnson Reporter MSNBC Aug. 17, 2005).
APPLY: And that makes sense because people caught up in sin would just as soon prefer not to let people know what they are doing. They prefer to remain anonymous - they don't want the light of day to expose their wrongs.
John 3:19-20 says it this way "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed."
It's almost as if John, when he wrote this Gospel, wanted to use this concept as the foundation of his writing.
The world was filled with darkness… an ...
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