The commitment we make to love doesn’t just belong in a marriage. It begins when we receive the love of God in our hearts. This should be our measuring stick in the way we treat everyone, especially those in our own homes. Sadly, we forget to honor and love the ones closest to us, the ones we are most familiar with first. True love isn’t found in movies or books, but found in the face of our creator.
I Corinthians 13:3-7 MSG:
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the kind of love that keeps going to the end? Love that keeps on forgiving, keeps on giving, keeps on honoring and respecting regardless of how one is treated? We can all have that kind of love. The reason it’s not seen often is because people always look for a way out, an escape clause in their contract. Once you become a Christian, your spirit is married to Gods Spirit. You do what’s best for Him and His Kingdom, not what’s best for you. You trust Him to provide everything you need for life. It’s a commitment He will never break with you or be unfaithful to you. Are you willing to make that same commitment to Him?
My flesh is committed to Walt as my husband for life. His spirit is committed to God and my spirit is committed to God. We still struggle at times placing each others needs over our own, but we constantly strive to reflect Gods love in our marriage. I’m far less perfect then Walt, but he patiently loves me, honoring me as queen of his home. What a gracious man God has given me. It wasn’t always that way, but I committed to love like Jesus so that he would someday love me as Jesus does.
Father, thank you for your deep abiding love for us, in that while we were still sinners, still haters, still selfish, you went through with your great plan to redeem us, to buy us back from our slavery to sin. Like the old song, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus. There’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else can take the sin and darkness from me. Oh how much He cares for me.” This day, I commit to show that same care and compassion to those you place in my path. Help me to not judge them guilty, but see them loved as you love them. It’s in Jesus Name I pray. Amen