Friday, December 5, 2008

Love Dare - Day 39: Love Endures

Can you believe we are almost done? Wow! I hope that this has been as rewarding for you as it has for me! I know that the way I love my man has grown deeper and stronger - and I am sooooo Blessed by that! I hope you are being Blessed too.

"Love never fails." - 1Corinthians 13:8

Of all the things that love demonstrates, it's endurance is the most vital. Wen it is in danger, love does not run. When it is hurt, love does not turn away. When it is rejected, love does not give up.

Love does not fail.

We have looked at many aspect of love in the last 39 days - it's patience, kindness, strength, faithfulness, and desire to satisfy, among many others - but the biggest thing that we have learned is that it comes from God. He is our demonstration of everything that love is intended to be. And, that alone tells us that love is forever. HE is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, He was, is and will always be. FOREVER. And because He is, His love for us is forever too. And because it is through His example that we learn to love, our love is meant to be forever as well.

That being said, if you have promised and declared your love for your spouse, can one single circumstance (or even a string of them) change the way you feel? It shouldn't - not if your love is true. If love is real, it does not stop loving based on emotion, it CHOOSES to keep loving no matter what.

A few days ago we were dared to base our life and our marriage on the word of God. We were also called to develop a love that is patient, kind and understanding. A love the is based on Jesus' love for the church. A love that kept on loving even though His own disciples forsook Him in his very hour of need. The love that brought Him back - even after His death - to show them that they were forgiven.

This is the love that we are to base our marriages on. A love that does not end, even when it is not accepted the way we want or expect. A love that endures.

And that is the love that we are called to demonstrate to our spouse today ...

Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it.

You are being dared to put your unfailing love into words. The most powerful and meaningful words that you can find to express your feelings. You have the chance to tell the one you married that, no matter what imperfections exist between you, you CHOOSE to love them no matter what. Forever.

Can you even imagine the power of these words to Bless your spouse's heart? I, personally, have a LOT to say to my man!

I am praying for you! See ya tomorrow!

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