1 Corinthians 13:4-8


1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails

Marriage is a holy institution created by God. A man leaves his parents to marry a woman, and in that union, the two become one flesh (Matthew 19:5). It is a beautiful mystery – one that symbolizes Jesus Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:32).

God never intended for our marriages to merely survive. They were created to thrive! Since these relationships signify how Christ interacts with His church, what picture are we painting for the world around us?

When the borders of our marriage are breached by the enemy or when they are weakened by internal neglect, we must commit to the good work of rebuilding those walls. We must not be deterred from the commitment that we have made – no matter what distractions we encounter.

When storms arise – as they inevitably do – we must assess the damage to our relationships. We must determine the role that we played in inflicting the hurt, and we must be quick to repent and restore.

When the walls are tall and strong again, keep close watch at the gate. Open up the gate to usher out the destructive things that bring death to a relationship. Open up the gate to welcome in the Holy Spirit and the perfect gifts that bring life to a relationship.

In the power of God, broken borders can be rebuilt. Broken boundaries can be re-established. Marriages can be reconstructed, and families can be reunited. God’s healing can revitalize relationships to bring wholeness, peace, and joy. Your marriage was created with God’s purpose to be a vehicle that will show the world how Jesus has given Himself in sacrificial love to His church. It was created to thrive. His love never fails.

Blessing:

Heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful mystery of marriage. Please make my marriage one that portrays the image of Your love for the church. Let Your love, mercy, forgiveness, patience, joy, and kindness be evident in the ways that we treat one another. Help me love my spouse in the same way that You love me. In the name of Jesus…amen.

Today's Bible Reading:

Old Testament

2 Kings 15:1-16:20

New Testament

Acts 19:13-41

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 147:1-20

Proverbs 18:4-5

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