Theme of the Week: Summer Fruits
Bible Verse: ‘Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end’ John 13:1
Scripture Reading: John 13:1-7, Ephesians 5:2, Colossians 1:8
I recall points in my marriage when I decided I needed to love my wife better. It is possible I picked up some hints from my wife. 😊
This sounds like an honorable endeavor and something that should certainly be encouraged. At points, attempts to serve my wife were less than admirable if you dig below the surface. I recall a moment when I was doing the dishes as an outward act of love while, at the same time, my heart was fuming with selfishness and anger.
Look at me doing the dishes. Look how well I am loving my wife. Why doesn’t she love me as well as I am loving her? I may not be talking to her right now, but at least she can’t accuse me of not loving her well! Really??
I was carrying a ton of anger and resentment toward my wife while trying to convince myself that I was following Jesus’ example of Love.
Jesus’ love for us is out of his deep understanding of the Father’s love for him. In John 15:9, Jesus said, ‘I have loved you even as the father has loved me.’ Jesus’ outer acts of service and love flowed from his relationship with the father. Knowing the love Jesus has for us will transform how we can love others well. Without that, our ‘acts of love’ can fall far short and be more annoying than anything, as 1 Corinthians 13:1 refers to as a ‘resounding gong or clanging cymbal’.
If you’re finding that you are also struggling to love well, consider digging deeper into your own awareness of God’s deep love for you. I pray we can all catch a deeper glimpse of that today as the world needs more men who know His love for us!
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