Friday, August 07, 2009

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

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

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Lord, I ask You to help me find and dwell on my husband’s positive qualities. I don’t want to become preoccupied with the negative because that doesn’t honor You.

Love believes the best…

I’m supposed to make two lists: my mate’s good qualities on one, and his negative qualities on the other. Then, I’m supposed to thank him for one of the good qualities. I really needed this lesson today. God is so good and knows exactly what I need!

That was then, this is now...

(Love) believes all things, hopes all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

I want to believe the best about my husband. I cling to hope with regard to his walk with the Lord and his behavior. But I have some trust issues, and they’re not all attributable to him. We’ve all been disappointed in our spouse at one time or another. And I’m absolutely guilty of assuming that God wants to use me as the correction tool to point out and modify my man’s faulty conduct. On the other hand, I pray that, when my faults are brought into the light, that I would fall into God’s tutelage, not man’s. Am I alone in this? How hypocritical is that? Maybe what I should be doing is praying and trusting God to touch my husband’s heart.

Father, I want to believe…I desire hope…I need to trust you to instruct both my husband and myself how to behave. Please be gentle, yet firm, with both of us in teaching us how to be like Jesus. Give us an insatiable hunger for Your Word because that is primarily how You speak. Help me to believe and hope all wonderful things with regard to my husband. But when I fail at this because I’m trying to do so under my own power, please pull me close to You so that I may see him through Your loving eyes. In Jesus’ sweet name. Amen.

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