Monday, August 24, 2009

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


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

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

Love vs. lust…

Some people live in freedom. But the Word of God also says not to cause your brother to stumble. And the closer I get to Jesus, the more I understand that God gives us freedom so we can choose Him…so we can choose goodness…so we can choose the right thing.

That was then, this is now…

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

The world is passing away. Lust is passing away. We are growing older every day. Our looks are fading. Our bodies are sagging. Our priorities are changing. It’s more important to laugh with your spouse than to see every head turn as you enter a room with him. But a heart for God never goes out of style. The closer you grow to the Lord, the more important it will become that your mate has a close relationship to Him as well.

How to apply this? Pray together, attend Bible study together, worship together. Can’t do that for some reason? Pray for him. Attend Bible studies that will teach you how to minister to him. Go to church and pay attention so you can share the sermon with him. Jesus is the cord in a relationship that will never break. He MUST be part of your relationship to insure survival.

Jesus, in your name I ask that You would always be a predominant part of my relationship with my husband. I pray that You would become more evident to us at times when we cannot pray or study or worship You as we should. Give each of us a hunger to know You deeply, and for You to know us deeply, too. May we always be honest with You and each other. And transform the physical attraction that we felt (and still feel) for each other into a more meaningful love with You at the heart of it. Amen.

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