Thursday, December 1, 2011

Romancing Your Spouse-Day 26: Love Is Not Selfish

Topic: Love Is Not Selfish

"4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails." --1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (from the NIV: New International
Version of the Bible)

Today we focus on verse 5, where love, "is not self-seeking."

Question for Reflection: Are you ever "self-seeking" aka "selfish" when it comes to romancing your spouse?

It is actually possible to be selfish when trying to romance your spouse. Sometimes, we're more focused on our own needs when it comes to romance. Even when we think we're doing something romantic for our spouse, we're really thinking of ourselves and what we want.

To break out of this mold, we really have to put ourselves in the shoes of our spouse. Ask yourself, "I'm I doing this for them, or for me?"

Homework: Review the romantic gestures you've made toward your spouse thus far during the course of this devotional. What worked? What didn't?

Focus on what worked, and continue those efforts, but also examine what didn't work and why
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Have a blessed first day of December!
--Steve Kendall