When we think about the one thing we desire most in this life, the answer is almost always the same.
Sure, some people desire a family of their own, a house to call home or friendships straight out of a ’90s sitcom, but that’s just the point. Each of those things simply represent our greatest desire of all: Love. But not just any love. We desire a love that lasts.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
In their new book, Love that Lasts, Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke explore the ways society shapes our perception of love, sex, intimacy and marriage.
Jeff and Alyssa are like the couple that you want to be best friends with. They have an awesome marriage, two super cute little babes, and they basically live in paradise—Hawaii. But greater than their island adventures, these two have committed their lives to the adventure of following Jesus, and being REAL.
Like really REAL. They’re transparent in their struggles and their pasts, and they use their personal brokenness and POWERFUL testimonies to reach others who are broken.
For Love that Lasts, Jeff’s proposition is that we are ALL lovesick. We all desire more than anything else to love and be loved.
Unfortunately that desperate desire for anything that resembles love has a way of turning the thing we desire most into the thing that also has the power to hurt us the most.
Drawing from their personal experiences, Jeff and Alyssa dive deep into the distorted views of love that are permeating our culture and destroying a generation.
So many of us have this made up version of love in our heads. It’s this idea of a passionate, fairytale romance, like the things of movies, books, music, social media and even the relationships of our own friends. But when we pursue this ideal of what romance, sex and marriage “should be,” we’re left feeling empty and broken—because ultimately, marriage is NOT just about us.
Love that Lasts explores how our culture of casual sex, pornography and “soul mates” will never produce a love that is life-giving and fulfilling. Instead, the Bethkes turn their focus to the One who is love, and deliver readers with biblical truths, in a world that force-feeds false promises.
When our ideals shift from this desire for the world’s view of “love,” to what God tells us love is, our expectations change for the better. Our hearts are transformed and healed, and our reality of love becomes so much greater than any sort of “love” the world could have given us hope for.
Paul reminds us that “the greatest of these is love.”