Monday, October 18, 2021
Convenience. Gratification. Sensuality. Selfish. These four words seem to best describe the world’s experience of love. It is certainly not what God designed. Expressions of me-centered existence abound. Abuse. Rape. Pornography. Murder. Divorce. Love of self dominates the world right now, and even threatens to catapult Christians into cultural compliance. We need a revival of sacrificial love, and it must start in the family, specifically between husbands and wives. Marriage, by God’s design, is the one place where the love of God is to be most visible. It is the one relationship that best depicts the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
Here is some wisdom from Solomon to help us recognize the worth of the people God has given us to love.
- “Rejoice in the wife of your youth – may you ever be captivated by her love.” (Proverbs 5:18). Spend today telling your spouse or soon-to-be-spouse how they have captivated your heart. Then make sure everyone around you knows that the smile on your face and the bounce in your step is the joy of your love in your heart. Then make that a habit every day, not just today. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you.” (Proverbs 3:3)
- “But love covers over all wrongs.” (Proverbs 10:12). Spend today being forgetful. Just make sure you forget the right things. The rights things to forget are all the wrong things others have done. Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers over an offense promotes love.”
- “Those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” (Proverbs 14:22). Plan something extra special for your love today, above and beyond what would ever be expected.
- “A friend loves at all times.” (Prov. 17:17) Begin today, if you haven’t already, to make sure that the love of your life is a friend for life. Focus on friendship.
- “Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6) Make sure every part of your life reflects faithfulness to the one you love. No matter where you are, whom you’re with, or what you’re thinking, be faithful!
The wisdom of love which comes from the heart of God is vital to our survival. It must begin with God’s people. It must begin in our marriages. Let’s start a revival of real love.