Today you should read: Song of Solomon 8
Love is a great gift from God. The love between parents and the children, the love of brothers and sisters, the love of friends. God gave us a special gift when He gave us the love of a husband for his wife and a wife for her husband.
This love flourishes within God’s guidelines.
- Man and woman
- Reserved for covenant of marriage
- For a lifetime
For this love to function best, it must be practiced God’s way. 1 Corinthians 13 helps us understand what that looks like:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Jesus showed us how to love like that through His life on earth. It is a selfless love that prioritizes the other person.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7
If you’re married, work today on loving your spouse like that. If you’re not, ask God to grow His love in you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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