Monday, November 21, 2011

Romancing Your Spouse-Day 19: Envy

"Love is patient, love is kind. Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy..." 1 Corinthians 13:4
(from the NIV: New International Version of the Bible)

Today we'll deal with envy portion of 1 Corinthians 13:4 when it comes to romance.

Question for Reflection:
Do you rejoice in the accomplishments of your spouse, or do
you sometimes harbor envy toward what they've achieved?

The Matthew Henry Commentary has this to say about
1 Corinthians 13:4 and envy:
"If we love our neighbour we shall be so far from envying his welfare, or being displeased with it, that we shall share in it and rejoice at it. His bliss and sanctification will be an addition to ours, instead of impairing or lessening it.

Envy is the effect of ill-will. The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us; and the mind which is bent on doing good to all can never with ill to any."

Read the commentary above again and ask yourself, "Does envy prevent me from fully supporting my spouse?"

If the answer is "yes," then think about how you can remove these potential roadblocks in your relationship so that romance is natural
and never awkward, or forced.
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Have a blessed, wonderful start to your week!

--Steve Kendall