Saturday, August 29, 2009

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


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

"...And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Love’s motivation…

It’s about the Lord. It’s not about me. It’s not about my husband. It’s not about how we communicate. It’s not about my need for love or his need for respect. It’s about God. He is love’s motivation. Praise You, Jesus! May I honor and worship You through my married life. And may my husband honor You, too.

That was then, this is now...

Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men. Ephesians 6:7

True love must have the proper motivation, or it isn’t love at all. Our purpose should be solely for God, not men, not reciprocation, not networking or making influential contacts. There must be no ulterior motive behind our love. It must be solely for the Lord’s benefit and not ours.

WOW! What a convicting verse of scripture! I know that I am guilty of loving to receive love in return. The Bible plainly says that is a wrong motive! I suppose I haven’t fully grasped the concept that the Lord loves me unconditionally. The knowledge is definitely in my head. Perhaps it just hasn’t made it to my heart completely. But each day, God’s love saturates me a bit deeper. My expectations of my husband to fulfill me become less. Then my man either loves me so well that I lose sight of God because I forget that God is using my husband to love me. Or, my husband will hurt me deeply and make me question his love for me, which subconsciously makes me question God’s love as well. Why is that the case? We question God’s love when others hurt us, but fail to give Him the credit when we are treated well.

Lord, I love You. And I know You love me. I pray that You will saturate my heart with that knowledge and that You will remind me to keep my motives pure when it comes to loving my husband and my family. It is much easier to love them when they don’t deserve it if I remember that, by doing unto them, I am doing unto You. Please plant that thought in the forefront of my mind until this proper motivation becomes ingrained in me. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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