Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Excellent Wife: Love is Not Selfish

Today's LOVE DARE (by Stephen & Alex Kendrick) is based on Romans 12:10 which says,
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor,"
and Philippians 2:3 which states,
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
There are so many great points in today's "Love Dare". I wish I could write them all out for you here but I prefer you buy the book and read the whole thing for yourself. I did want to quote it in part but had to sit for a moment to decide what I liked the best about today's reading. I think I'll go with the following:

"If there were ever a word that basically means the opposite of love, it is selfishness....When a husband puts his interests, desires, and priorities in front of his wife, that's a sign of selfishness. When a wife constantly complains about the time and energy she spends meeting the needs of her husband, that's a sign of selfishness. But love "does not seek its own" (1 Corinthians 13:5). Loving couples - the ones who are enjoying the full purpose of marriage - are bent on taking good care of the other flawed human they get to share life with. That's because true love looks for ways to say "yes"....Choosing to love your mate will cause you to say "no" to what you want so you can say "yes" to what they need."

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3. ESV.)
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