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.