Pastor’s Post

LOVE LOCKS

 

   According to Wikipedia, “A love lock or love padlock is a padlock that significant other pairs lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.” Typically, two people in love, and who had a few dollars would buy a lock, scratch their name in it, hook it to the bridge, and toss the keys into the water. As a romantic symbol of their love that it would last forever!

   We had the chance to put up our own love lock in Colorado a few summers ago.  We decided against it because of the cost of the lock, but also because we didn’t see ourselves going back there again to find it. We both know we love each other, and that’s good enough for us. This idea wasn’t original to Loveland Colorado. This trend really got going back in 2008 in Paris France.

     In 2014 a pedestrian bridge was collapsing from over 45 tons (90,000 lbs.) from over 1 million locks. That’s a lot of love! June 1, 2015, was the day the love died.  Those 1 million locks had to be removed. When those locks were removed, did that mean love really died?  No. “Lovers never needed a physical proof to express their love.” We just like them.

    That’s one reason people carve initials into trees, or on the side of train box cars.

    That’s why the rest of us wear wedding rings of some kind (whether it’s made of a precious metal, a rubber ring like working people tend to wear, or a ring for those who really want to leave a lasting impression, a tattoo on their finger.)

   All of these are nice symbols of love, but they don’t “lock in love” any more than not wearing a ring shows that one person doesn’t love another. It’s the people behind those expressions of love that make the difference between a “love lock” and a “love lost”.

 

  #1. Man’s lock on Love- Song 8:6-7

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. 7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

   The gal speaking these words is madly in love with Solomon. She wants to be the seal over Solomon’s heart that keeps any female from getting his love and attention. Solomon is hers, and she wants to keep it that way. Obviously, the way it should be in a relationship. No other female should be able to get in between me and my wife. My kids. My job. My extended family.

 

  #2. God’s lock on Love- Eph. 1:13b-14

When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

   God gave us a “love lock”. It’s not a physical mark, or object to wear. It’s not hanging on a bridge somewhere. We can’t see it, but He can, and that’s all that matters. His mark that was put there at the moment of your faith and will last for all eternity. God’s love will never fail and never end.

 

   It’s February. Love the person you are “locked into”, but even better, is to the love the Lord Jesus who chose to be “locked into you”.

 

 

                                                                                    Pastor Josh