The eternity ring
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
The eternity ring is often given to mark a special anniversary or the birth of a child. It symbolises eternal love. The origin of eternity rings comes from ancient Egypt, where the circle was a powerful symbol that represented eternity. The Egyptians also believed that the bond of marriage between a man and a woman was so strong that it could not be interrupted by death. These two concepts were brought together, and the Egyptians were among the first known people to exchange wedding rings as a symbolic way to represent a union between two people.
The concept of eternity being a circle is an intriguing one. I have a small plaque at home that says, ‘a true love story never ends’. Love between a man and a woman cannot be purchased or acquired, it is a gift from God. The Apostle John tells us that God is love – it is His quintessential characteristic, so clearly manifested in the sacrifice of His perfect, precious Son, given as a gift of love for our salvation (John 3:16). God’s love story with us never ends. Death may separate lifelong soulmates, but God’s divine, perfect love supersedes the grave – Christ took away the sting of death.
When we purchase a ring, we are fitted for size: too small and it constricts circulation, too large and there is a danger of losing it. Over the years sometimes we have rings stretched to accommodate physical growth and this can lead to the gold becoming so thin it breaks. Not so with God’s ring of love. The circle of His love never breaks, it does not wear thin and snap like gold; God’s love grows us and strengthens us.
Our God loves us for eternity; nothing can separate us from it, as it says in the header scripture. His love encompasses us; we are encircled within it, embraced, and sustained by it. How wonderful a gift is that? Let’s not keep it to ourselves. Let’s share it with others!
Wonderful Father God, thank you for your perfect love. Holy Spirit, we need you to help us to show it to others. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being the ultimate gift.
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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