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Love & Relationships Day 13

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Scripture: 1 John 3:18  Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Devotional: It’s Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Everywhere you look there will be hearts and candy and flowers and cards, all expressions that people will give to show and profess their love. 

Have you ever heard the statement, “love is a verb”?  Genuine love, that is, the love that comes from God, is not something you simply profess, but something you do.  1 John 4:9 tell us:  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

The love you have for your spouse is shown through your daily actions, and through the choices that you make.  Choices to make the efforts we are talking about this week:

  • Make adjustments
  • Show affection
  • Pay attention
  • Give affirmation
  • Follow Jesus

When you do these, you are choosing love again and again.  This can be an uphill battle, because we each face temptation to fall into selfishness and being concerned about our own needs rather than that of our spouse.  And when that happens, love withers.

Remember that a strong marriage and relationship is something you continually grow and build.  Neglect it, and it will suffer.  Nurture it, and you will see it thrive. 

So profess your love today.  And then spend every coming day showing that love with your actions. 


  • Meditate on ways that you can cultivate love in your relationship with your spouse by your unselfish actions. Then do them.

Love & Relationships Day 12

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Scripture: Proverbs 18:13 To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.

Devotional: Today’s devotion addresses something many of us can begin to struggle with in our married lives; and that is to pay attention to our spouse.  Isn’t it ironic how we once may have hung on every word that our spouse spoke, and yet, we can begin to neglect listening to them as time goes on?

Whether it’s in the midst of a conflict, or just at the end of the day when you’re tired and worn out from work, it’s easy to get into a pattern of neglect or lack of listening.  But as today’s Scripture says, that is folly and shame. 

It may take an extra effort on your part, but be intentional about listening – really listening – to your spouse.  Pay attention to what they are saying and feeling. Don’t’ be so focused on yourself and what you want to say that you don’t listen first.  It’s a certain way to demonstrate laying down your life for your spouse and putting their needs before your own. 


  • How do you rate your listening skills as it pertains to your spouse?
  • How might you be even more intentional in this area?