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Day 29 - Love Motivates

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    Day 29—Love Motivates

     

    “Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs. Whether it comes easy for you or not, say "I love you," then express love to them in some tangible way.  Go to God in prayer again, thanking Him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person - unconditionally, the way He loves both of you.”

     

    It is common to resort to the world’s way of love – we love because of what “we get” out of it. However, today’s chapter nails what the true intent of our love should be—to honor God. “When God is our reason for loving, our ability to love is guaranteed.

     

    “The love that’s demanded from you in marriage is not dependent on your mate’s sweetness or suitability. The love between a husband and wife should have one chief objective: honoring the Lord with devotion and sincerity. The fact that it blesses our beloved in the process is simply a wonderful, additional benefit…being able to wake up knowing that God is your source and supply—not just of your own needs but also those of your spouse—changes your whole reason for interacting with your mate.”

     

    I made a commitment to this journey and a week into it made a renewed vow to give my husband the best love I possibly can. I now shoot for love’s highest motivation. For I now know—love that has God as its primary focus is unlimited in the heights it can attain.

     

    I did not see my husband today since he is now moved out. The dare asks you to pray for your spouse. I do this every day, but today that prayer hit me harder. After hearing my pastor’s sermon, I feel even more passion to let Christ’s light and love shine through me. My “everyday” of showing God’s unconditional love towards my husband could be his “one day”—the catalyst to change his life forever!

     

    I mentioned yesterday that I felt God telling me not to contact my husband unless He commands me to, so I prayed about how He wanted me to complete today’s dare—how He wanted me to express love towards my husband in a tangible way. The answer, though not tangible, is through patience—Pain management, Always encouraged, Tested, Inspired, Expectant of His promises, No complaints, Consistent, and Enduring. I will have patience in His timing, patience for the space my husband needs to allow God to do His work, and patience in the ways my husband is expressing his anger and hurt.

     

    “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” I Thessalonians 5:15

     

    “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20

  • It is funny how we can look back, and see how God has planned this out up to now.

    How He prepares us before certain things happen. It just proves that He will never give us more than we can handle.

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