The question was answered, as you might expect, in Paris, France. After all, Paris is the self-declared city of love and romance! So how much love is too much? 45 tons! And the French are saying, “au revoir” to the hefty love.
For about 10 years now, couples have been professing their love for one another by locking padlocks to the fencing of the famous Pont des Arts Bridge, in Paris. They scratch initials into the locks, lock them to the bridge, and then throw the key into the Seine below. There are an estimated 700,000 keys in the river!
But the weight of all that “love” has taken its toll on the 19th century bridge. So officials are taking action. And as “unromantic” as it seems, the fencing is being replaced with Plexiglas so the bridge and the boats below will be safe.
So…to be honest, it isn’t actually the love that weighed too much. Rather it was the “love locks.” Thankfully, true love doesn’t weigh a thing!
Unfortunately, though, some people experience love like a bridge with an extra 45 tons of baggage! In the name of love, people experience guilt, selfishness, ego, reminders of past mistakes, etc. These “locks” masquerade as love, but they are really barnacles weighing down your bridge.
Have your burdens been made light by the blood of Christ? Or does your religion (or lack of religion) bring you nothing but shame and guilt? When you come to know Jesus, it ought to feel like you just lost 45 tons of locks!
Consider Jesus’ words and ask yourself, “Do I feel more like the bridge or more like what Jesus described?”
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Lock yourself to God and throw away the key. He can handle the weight! He takes all our burdens, sins, and past mistakes. Why? Because His love doesn’t weigh anything…it lifts all burdens for those who live in Christ!