Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Love your husband challenge

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

New International Version (NIV)
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

The love verse..... Most of us are familiar with this verse. We have heard it at Church, we have read it in our Bibles or on Hallmark cards. This verse might have been read at our wedding ceremony. It is a verse that makes us feel good and all gooey inside. Is this a verse that calls you to action? Well it should. This month we are challenging you to love your husband, the way God wants you to love your husband. For the next four weeks we will take one verse and challenge ourselves to do what it says.

Week 1: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Patience: the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient

Kind: arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance

Envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage

Boast: a cause for pride

Proud: having or displaying excessive self-esteem
           much pleased

 How can you love your husband by being patient, kind without showing envy or being boastful or prideful? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Do not nag him about those things that irritate you (dirty socks, trash, not helping with the kids or supper)
  2. Do not remind him about the times you were right.
  3. Do not compare him to someone else.
  4. Be sympathetic to his needs and meet them whenever you can.
If you have any other ideas and/or examples please share them with us!
Make sure to join us next week for our week 2 challenge!

Going deeper. Here are some verses on patience (Psalms 37:7-9; Proverbs 15:18; Ecclesiastes 7:8,9; Lamentations 3:26,27; Luke 8:1), on pride (Obadiah 1:3; Revelation 18:7), examples of kindness (Ruth 2:4; Luke 15:17,19)