Friday, December 2, 2011

Romancing Your Spouse-Days 27-29: Love Is Not Easily Angered

Devotional Weekend Edition

Topic: Love Is Not Easily Angered

"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 focus on verse 5, where love, "is not easily angered."

Question for Reflection: Does anger ever get in the way of romancing your spouse?

I heard someone once say, "In relationships, we all carry baggage. Some of us have more than just carry on luggage to deal with."

Yep, we all have baggage--stuff we carry around that we probably should just unpack and leave behind. Anger about past issues in a relationship can stunt the growth of true romance. 

If we have trust, or other issues with our spouse, how can we truly have the faith necessary to love them with all our heart and soul?

Use Christ's love for us as the example of how we should love our spouse. He wipes clean, the slate of our past when we accept Him. 

Homework: This weekend, make a list of issues/problems you have with your spouse. Then, destroy the list. 

Accept your spouse as they are. Wipe the slate clean. Unpack the anger and issues--and you won't be charged hidden baggage fees! : )
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Have a blessed weekend!
--Steve Kendall