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“L” is for Love
Love is entwined in our lives in such a way that we cannot escape it. Love is powerful and precious. It is no wonder that many of our life’s celebrations revolve around love.
The Bible has a clear definition of love. In I Corinthians 13:4-8a, the Bible says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
All too often, we make the mistake of using God’s meaning of love to hold others hostage. We tell our loved ones that if they really love us, then they would say or act a certain way. God’s intention of defining love is not for us to keep score on how loving others are to us or to hold others accountable for that, rather, it is an instruction of how we, personally, should behave. God’s love is perfect – ours is not.
We must be mindful of how we demonstrate our love for others. Use God’s definition of love as your standard of loving others, particularly your spouse. The closer you get to God’s perfect love (and remember that you will never actually get to perfect), the less concerned you will be about how others are loving you. You will be more focused on the selfless rather than the selfish. Show your love for your spouse today in a selfless, tangible way.
5 Things to love about your spouse
- He loves me. / She respects me.
- His eyes are only for me. / Her heart is only for me.
- He lets me be strong. / She lets me be weak.
- He makes me laugh. / She laughs at my jokes.
- He loves God above all else. / She loves God above all else.
How do you show your love for your spouse? Share it with us by commenting on this post.