Friday, August 28, 2009

Day Twenty-Eight – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey

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

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Love makes sacrifices…

Yes, it does. I’m not always good at that. It’s not so much that I’m selfish in the sense that I want what I want and I’m inflexible. It’s more that I hold onto hurts and have a problem trusting people once they’ve hurt me. That’s a form of selfishness, I suppose since I’m considering myself first. I suppose I need to pray for those against whom I hold grudges until my heart softens.

That was then, this is now…

He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16

Jesus sacrificed His life for us. We are told that we should do the same. We may not be called to actually die for another, but death is not the only sacrifice we can endure for the one we love. The key is an attitude of putting someone else before yourself.

Father-God, I want to acknowledge my husband’s needs and wants before I take care of my own. I understand that, in a perfect economy, I would be seeing to his needs and he would be seeing to mine so that nothing would go undone. I also realize that we are not perfect, so this rarely happens. Give me the right attitude of sacrificial giving without any expectation of receiving anything in return. And let me not take credit for what I do give, but rather point my husband to You when he says, “Thanks.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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