Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Love has Good Manners!

One thing that seems common in marriages that keep a high degree of respect and adoration for each other going is good manners.  In 1 Corinthians 13, the "love" chapter, we learn that love DOES in fact have good manners:

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].”  (1Cor 13:4-8 AMP)

Challenge:  Read through the characteristics of God's love above, and see where YOU need to improve in your expression of love to your spouse!   REALLY work on it this week!

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