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As an author of romance, you will almost always see romance in my books. In fact, in all my books there is an element of romance. Where would we be if we didn't have the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind? John the apostle wrote, that "God so love the world that He gave his only son that whomever shall believe in him, will have everlasting life (John 3:16 loosely translated). If you never heard of that, you might ask what Sacrifice is that? What God gave up? The answer to that is Jesus. The birth of Jesus came through both man and God. God sent his spirit into a virgin named Mary thus making Jesus the Son of God and the Son and man. Not only that, he lived a pure and sinless life so that he could become the ultimate sacrifice.
In the days of the law, worshippers had to offer a pure and spotless lamb as a sacrifice to cleanse them from the sins. It was the blood of the lamb that did that and the priests initiated it. (The book of Hebrew talks more about this) After Jesus's death, after he offered up his life in exchange for ours. Paul wrote that Jesus became sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God. Jesus didn't sin, but he took our sins for us on that cross. He took our place on the cross. This is God's love for us, but it didn't end there. Three days later he rose from the dead and later for only male or female who believes in who he is and confesses that he is Lord becomes a new person and accepts God's love and Son in our hearts.
Nowadays, people express love without God in their lives. God's love is sacrificial. It is also called Agape or unconditional love. I grew up with both: My mother showed me God's love while my father's love was conditional: "I love you if..." God never loves like that. Paul wrote that nothing can separate us from the love of God.(Roman 8:38 and 39). While God will love us no matter what we will do or say, man will love based on condition. A husband who is controlling could say. "If you love me, honey, you will do as I say and without question." Oh they will say it in different ways, but it is the same thing.
Christian romance author writes that kind of romance in their books. They show God's love through characters who have flaws just as we do. They go through a journey of they will to discover they worth the love of another person. In book 3 of my Second Chance Series, A Man For Beth, both the hero and heroine had bad experience with the opposite sex:
She noticed him. Stan turned his attention back to the weights. He couldn’t allow another woman to break his heart.
Everyone has flaws. Sometimes we have to love ourselves before we could love others. I my myself is not perfect, but I know that God loves me unconditionally. His love is shed abroad in my heart (Romans 5). When I am guided by his love, I have no fear because his perfected by his love.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.