But the greatest of these is love.
With this being February 14th and Valentine’s Day, I thought that I would share with you a message on marriage written by Rich Warren. Loboy, whom you are familiar with in this blog, sent this out to a group of us earlier this week. Today my husband and I are sharing our Valentine’s Day with close friends. We plan to watch a fantastic movie on relationships called Fireproof. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. My prayer for you today is that you and your partner come together and connect in a way that God intended for you. Relationships are a journey of hard work, dedication, respect and love for one another. I’ve been married for 13 years and it’s been an interesting journey. We’ve had our ups and downs; struggles and joyous times but what we’ve learned over these last few years is that things get better and the journey becomes more meaningful as long as we invite God to travel with us.
Any successful marriage is built upon the biblical truth that God designed each of us with five purposes in mind: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and missions. Until you realize you and your mate were placed together for God’s purposes, then your marriage will be difficult, complicated, and exhausting. But once you understand God’s plan, your marriage takes on new meaning.
You and your spouse were formed for God’s family. God made an incredible promise about the gathering of even just two believers: “For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20, TEV)
So if both you and your spouse are believers, God is already in your marriage working to transform the two of you into a purpose driven family!
Your marriage is a lab for learning how to love like Jesus loves. Within marriage, God has created an opportunity for us to develop a true intimacy and authenticity with another human being.
To go this deep requires genuine, heart-to-heart, gut-level sharing, where you and your spouse get honest about who you are and what’s happening in your lives. This happens when you both share your hurts, reveal your feelings, confess your failures, disclose your doubts, admit your fears, acknowledge your weaknesses, and ask each other for help and prayer.
Here is one of my favourite passages on Love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (New International Version)
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and happiness.