Why do you say what you say? Is it because you LOVE?
Why do you act like you act? Is it out of LOVE?
Why do you go where you go? Is it because you LOVE?
LOVE should be our driving force, our “raison d’être”, the answer to why are you doing that? Let LOVE be the reason for why you are doing what you do and saying what you say and going where you need to go.
Are you married? How do you view marriage? Is it about loving or getting your own way? Is it about loving or trying to control? Is it about loving and sacrificing? Marriage was created as part of a larger plan.
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”
As husbands we need to love (being considerate and tender), cherish, honor, express his love for her by telling her and not being consumed with self, provide for the financial needs, be active in discipline and rearing of the children, and be an example as the head of the family. (Eph. 5:25 and 28; and Col. 3:19 and 1 Peter 3:7 and 1 Timothy 5:8, 1 Timothy 3:3-5)
Do you realize how huge LOVE is and how important it is? It requires that we sacrifice ourselves for the other person.
Love is the highest form of maturity. It often requires a sacrificial gift. If love doesn’t require some sort of sacrifice on our part, we probably don’t really love the other person at all. If there is no sacrifice in our actions, we are most likely reacting to something nice they did for us, or simply pretending to be kind to gain some control over them.
TRUE LOVE GIVES.
It is important to understand that true love gives of itself. So our decisions should always have our spouse’s interests at heart. When you do, you’re giving of yourself.
God’s plan and desire for our marriage is big and it starts with LOVE.
God’s desire is for husbands and wives to love each other sacrificially and unconditionally. This means you don’t get your way all of the time. But the good news is, when a husband and wife sacrifice their selfish desires, they will have a triumphant marriage!
(Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)
Sacrifice in Marriage
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1
God, I want to walk in true love in my marriage. I make a decision today to not always push for my own way, but to be willing to sacrifice for my spouse.
When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
Acts 9:26-28 (TNIV)
A trusting friend can help dismiss unfounded fear, how wonderful it is that we have a friend in Jesus.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I lift up this day and give it into Your hands so that we may accomplish everything You desire in and through my life. Lord, I praise You for my wife – the incredible woman she is and the blessing she is in my family. Help me Lord to be the man of God and husband You planned for me to be in her life. Help me Lord to be the man of God and father our children need in their lives. May the actions, the words, the looks, the time glorify You and help all of us draw closer to You. Lord You are my rock and my fortress, my ever present help in times of need. Help me Lord to say what You want me to say, do what you want me to do, go where You want me to go. Lord, thank You for the incredible demonstration of LOVE you provided through Jesus who gave it all that we could be reconciled back unto You. Lord, may every thought, every word spoken, and every action taken glorify, magnify, exalt, honor, and bring You praise today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Reflecting on this week…