There seems to be more and more tattoos used as a fashion statement, whether a small butterfly on a pretty ankle, or a skull and crossbones on a beefy arm. I do not always understand what the message to be conveyed is. But this one is clear. In ancient times tattoos were used as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love or signs of religious belief. They were used in ancient Egypt and have been found on female mummies dating back to 2000 BC. The tattoo pictured I am guessing is on a female arm and it screams to the world, “I have been hurt,” or “Never again!”
Today’s verse is about trusting a love that will never fail. The heart does not crack into pieces when held together by the Lord’s love. His love never disappoints. The Lord’s unfailing love is described as a breastplate, guarding our heart (I Thes. 5:8). But like any piece of armor, we pick it up and put it on each day. When we trust in that love, it keeps our hearts open and soft, instead of hardened and unreachable. And if we are hurt by others, His love is there to bind up the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).
My heart can rejoice in that love, regardless of what is happening in relationships around me. He is constant. His love for me is my sure foundation, making it possible for me to love again. We love because He first loved us (I John 4:19). Trusting in His love helps me to forgive and move on. Trusting in His love heals the hurts and makes me whole again.
Lord, how amazing it is that You love me! Help me believe it today.