How’s the Love Dare Challenge going so far? Everyone keeping up? On to the next 5 days!
Love is Responsible
When you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. – Romans 2:1
Take time to pray through your areas of responsibility and your areas of wrongdoing. Where you have failed, ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love.
Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. – Psalm 25:20
Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home. Think of one or two areas where your spouse has told you that you’re expecting too much, and tell them you’re sorry for being so hard on them about it. Praise them for something positive and assure them of your unconditional love.
Love Makes Sacrifices
He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. – John 3:16
What is one of the greatest needs in your spouse’s life right now? Is there a need you could lift from their shoulders today by a daring act of sacrifice on your part? Whether the need is big or small, purpose to do what you can to meet the need.
Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men. – Ephesians 6:7
Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs. Whether it comes easy for you or not say “I love you,” then express love to them in some tangible way. Go to God in prayer again, thanking Him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person – unconditionally, the way He loves both of you.
Love Brings Unity
Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. – John 17:11
Isolate one area of division in your marriage and pray about it. Ask the Lord to reveal anything in your own heart that is threatening oneness in your marriage. Pray that He would open up the communication lines so that you can find more agreement and stay on the same page. And if appropriate, discuss this matter openly, seeking God for unity.
I liked Day 27, it was a good reminder that we’re all human and we’re trying to do our best. I’m being reminded again that we haven’t been great at praying together…Pray for us to pray!
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