Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Romancing Your Spouse-Day 39: Perseverance


"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)

Our Focus:
Today we conclude our discussion of verse 7, with "Love ...always perseveres."

Question for Reflection:
Will your love for your spouse persevere?


"The course of true love never did run smooth."
  -William Shakespeare
          A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act i. Sc. 1.

Several translations of verse 7 above use the word "endures," a synonym for persevere. Love can endure many things. There will always be ups and downs in any relationship, but true love has the power to overcome the valleys in our romantic lives.

When things don't go as planned, remember that love always endures as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth above.

Tomorrow marks Day 40, the last day of our devotional. Review the various romantic gestures and dates you carried out during this time. Make plans moving forward to use what worked. Plan a date that celebrates the completion of your 40 day journey.

As I reflect back over our 40 days, I'm thankful for the unplanned times that we ate out and the new things we tried, like going to a comedy club.

Thanks for reading this devotional.

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Have a blessed day!
--Steve Kendall