Ruth 1:16-18 “16 But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.’ 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.”
How many of you have heard these verses quoted or read at a wedding? Although they do reflect Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law (which is amazing in and of itself) they have nothing to do with marital love. I don’t use these verses in any ceremonies I conduct due to that fact. If a couple really wants them, I make sure I explain the context of these verses.
Now, that I have said that… Ruth’s love is noteworthy. We often hear how bad relationships are between a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. Face it, mother-in-laws get a bad rap, don’t they? And even though Naomi was bitter and depressed, Ruth still loved her. Ruth was selfless in her love for Naomi. We could all learn from that.
How do we apply this verse with our children? Easy! We should all love everyone this way. We should love with abandon. We should put others ahead of ourselves. We should be unselfish in giving our love to others with no expectation of anything in return.
Teaching our little Gertrude to love this way is only done by modeling that love. Be honest though, we don’t do that. We pick and choose who we love. We love only those who love us back. Jesus loved EVERYONE. He even loved Judas who betrayed Him. So, be that example of selfless love. Then your children will have someone to emulate.