Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Love Dare: Day 29

“Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men” ~ Ephesians 6:7 (HSCB)


Day 29: Love’s motivation
We may not always feel motivated to demonstrate love to our spouse.

We may struggle to find inspiration for loving actions.

And when we do express love, they may not always be getting the message. (If you are speaking a love language your spouse isn’t translating – I highly recommend The Five Love Languages)

We can’t rely solely on the actions of another imperfect person to determine how much (if any) love we show them.

We have to have a better motivation – the very source of all love. The loving, constant God.

The love for our spouse should honor the Lord with our devotion and sincerity.

Love motivated only by ideal conditions or out of a sense of duty will struggle to maintain or survive.

Love that is lifted up to God in gratitude for the love he has given us is continually re-energized. Just like that silly little bunny – it will keep going, and going, and going.

TODAY’S DARE: 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.

Praying for the Man of the House – easy! Telling him I love him – easy! Showing love to him – easy!

It does give a unique perspective to look at showing love not only as an expression of my love for the Man of the House, but also as an expression of God’s love for all of us. And it will certainly give me some serious food for thought on those days when I feel grumpy and selfish and not really like demonstrating love.

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