Sunday, August 09, 2009

Day Nine – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey

Back in October 2008...The scripture verse that touched me in particular today is –

And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:4

I never really thought about this, Lord, but Your Word says that greetings are important. Let me be warm and welcoming like Jesus when I greet others, especially my husband. May he feel Your love when I greet him.

Love makes good impressions…

It certainly does! And as a Christian, I want to be warm and inviting on Christ’s behalf. I will share a special greeting with my honey today before he leaves for work. I will make a conscious effort to look in his eyes and smile. This may seem insignificant, but it communicates volumes!

That was then, this is now...

For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love. Philemon 7

The impressions we make on others are critical. It’s important to me that my husband can relate to today’s verse of scripture when it comes to our relationship. In fact, it is important to me as a Christian to leave people with the impression that relationship with me is joyful and comfortable. Why? Because I may be the only representation of Christ that someone sees.

I’m finding, as I make this journey through “The Love Dare” again, that I cannot point these devotions as expectations upon my husband with any sort of expected results. The only thing I can do is take myself to the Word of God on the subject matter and contemplate my own reflection! But that is enough. I can, with the Lord’s help, offer joy and comfort to my husband in the way I love him. And even though I cannot force him to do the same for me, the way I treat him will have an effect on the way he treats me - especially if I pray without ceasing about it.

Lord, in the precious name of Jesus, I thank you for my husband. I thank you for the ministry You’ve given me to be a part of his life. I pray that, whenever I deal with him, I will leave the impression of Christ upon him. Amen.

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