Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends … — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Like many of you, these are some of the verses we had in our wedding ceremony. As beautiful as they sound when spoken over us, they are far more lovely when put into practice in our lives. Today’s post is a little different than the others we’ve shared. Rather than a devotion for your to read and consider, I’m sharing,two different ways to you can dig deeper into these verses and develop a way to grow in the way you love your spouse.
Evaluate your attitudes and actions in light of these attributes.
For example …
Is Teri Lynne patient and kind?
Does Teri Lynne envy or boast?
Identifying areas where you struggle will help you develop strategies for improving the way you love your spouse.
Develop specific responses based on these attributes of love.
Here are a couple of examples …
Teri Lynne will be patient when Scott loads the dishwasher differently that she does.
Teri Lynne will not be resentful when the plans they’ve made have to be cancelled or altered do a situation at the church where Scott serves.
Forcing ourselves to consider the real application of these words describing love can be a challenging exercise. But it is a valuable one we need to practice with regularity.
~ Teri Lynne2 ways to apply 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in your marriage. #MarriagePrayers Click To Tweet
Lord, learning to love each other the way You have loved us is a lifelong endeavor. Give us a continuing desire to love each other well. May our understanding of love to grow deeper with each passing year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.#MarriagePrayers: Give us a desire to love each other well. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) Click To Tweet
Thank you for joining us for #MarriagePrayers: 31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage. Scott and I will be sharing a new verse and prayer every day throughout May, leading up to our 20th anniversary on June 1. You can find every day’s post indexed here. We pray you will be encouraged and challenged as you pray God’s Word for your marriage.