Mark 10 Nine


Are you happily married and looking for tips on maintaining a God-honoring marriage? This weekly devotional will give you encouragement for your marriage.

How Are You Loving Your Spouse?

“I love you” can be said very easily, but how are you doing at living out those words? Measure your love today by reading Romans 12:9-21.

Some of the scriptures are:

“Love must be sincere….Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer….Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse….Do not repay anyone evil for evil….Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord….Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:9-21 (excerpts) 

How would you measure your love toward your spouse today? Don’t allow feelings of anger, bitterness, jealousy, fits of rage or unforgiveness to ruin your heart. It will destroy you and any hope for your marriage. When your spouse talks to you, what do they see? What message does your body language send? Does your spouse see unconditional love? A heartfelt love?

Do not allow the enemy to steal from you any longer.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:2 

I did not understand what love was until after my divorce. One of the scriptures the Lord gave me early in my stand for marriage restoration was I Corinthians 13:4-8. I used to pray this passage by adding my husband’s and my name. I realized that I did not show the unconditional love of the Bible to my husband Bob before we were divorced.

The Lord showed me I had kept a record of wrongs and held grudges. The Lord taught me to walk in unconditional love regardless of Bob’s behavior. I was only responsible for my behavior. I had a choice, to treat him with “tough love” or love him as Jesus would.

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.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13 

Ask the Lord to help you increase your love for your spouse. That may not be easy, depending on the state of your marriage. Be sensitive to the tricks of the enemy.

Do everything in love.  1 Corinthians 16:14 

A PRAYER FOR YOU TO PRAY

Thank You, Lord, that You love my spouse more than I do and want my marriage to reflect your love for the church. Lord, I ask You to have the Holy Spirit pour unconditional love into each of us so we can love the way you intended. Amen.

God bless,

 

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